, Volume 63, Issue 2, pp 95–97 | Cite as

The distribution of geophilic dermatophytes in Kenyan soils

  • S. I. Muhammed
  • Naseem Lalji


Two hundred and eighty one soil samples from different provinces of Kenya were examined for dermatophytes by the hair baiting technique. Dermatophytes were recovered from 84 samples. Microsporum gypseum constituted 75.8% of the total isolates while Keratinomyces ajelloi and M. cookei formed 21% and 3.2%, respectively. The distribution of the dermatophytes was influenced by soil pH, being more prevalent in acidic than in alkaline soils.


Soil Sample Alkaline Soil Total Isolate Microsporum Gypseum Baiting Technique 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. I. Muhammed
    • 1
  • Naseem Lalji
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Veterinary MedicinePahlavi UniversityShirazIran
  2. 2.Department of Veterinary Pathology and MicrobiologyUniversity of NairobiKabeteKenya

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