Mycopathologia

, Volume 135, Issue 3, pp 157–161 | Cite as

Outbreak ofTinea capitis caused by Microsporum ferrugineum in Thailand

  • Wanee Wisuthsarewong
  • Angkana Chaiprasert
  • Suchitra Viravan
Human and Animal Mycology

Abstract

There was an outbreak ofTinea capitis at the Pak-kred Home for Mentally and Physically Handicapped Babies, Bangkok, Thailand in 1993. One hundred and thirty-eight cases were diagnosed as tinea capitis based on clinical signs and positive laboratory investigations. The results of Wood's light examination, KOH preparation and fungal culture were positive in 89.9, 75.9 and 27.4% respectively. The non-inflammatory form had a higher rate of positive KOH and culture than in the inflammatory form.Microsporum ferrugineum was the major pathogen (66.7%) and most of its infections (80.4%) caused a non-inflammatory type of tinea capitis. Griseofulvin, in a dosage of 10–15 mg/kg/day and selenium sulfide shampoos, yielded an 84.8% cure rate within 14.9 weeks. No recurrence or obvious adverse reactions were observed.

Key words

diagnosis Microsporum ferrugineum tinea capitis treatment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wanee Wisuthsarewong
    • 1
  • Angkana Chaiprasert
    • 2
  • Suchitra Viravan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj HospitalMahidol UniversityBangkokThailand
  2. 2.Department of Microbiology Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj HospitalMahidol UniversityBangkokThailand

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