Hazards from hedgehogs: two case reports with a survey of the epidemiology of hedgehog ringworm

Authors

  • C.M. PHILPOT,

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    1. Department of Medical Microbiology, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff.
      Dr Christine M. Philpot, Department of Medical Microbiology, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff CF4 4XW.
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  • R.G. BOWEN

    1. General Practitioner, Penylan Road General Practice, Cardiff
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Dr Christine M. Philpot, Department of Medical Microbiology, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff CF4 4XW.

Summary

Two related cases of ringworm caused by contact with an infected hedgehog are reported. The causal fungus, Trichophyton erinacei, was isolated from human and animal cases. The epidemiology of hedgehog ringworm is discussed.

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