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    Trichophyton violaceum is the dominant cause of tinea capitis in children in Tripoli, Libya: Results of a two year survey


    Ellabib, M.S. and Agaj, M. and Khalifa, Z. and Kavanagh, Kevin (2001) Trichophyton violaceum is the dominant cause of tinea capitis in children in Tripoli, Libya: Results of a two year survey. Mycopathologia, 153. pp. 145-147. ISSN 0301-486X

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    Abstract

    The causative agents of tinea capitis in Libyan nationals attending the out patient Dermatology Clinic of the Tripoli Medical Centre over the period December 1997 to December 1999 were investigated. Samples (hair and scalp scrapings) were taken from 940 patients who presented with suspected tinea capitis. The etiological agents were identified in 584 cases. Trichophyton violaceum was found to be the most prevalent organism isolated being responsible for 64.4% (376/584) of culture positive cases, followed by Microsporum canis at 24.7% (144/584) and T. mentagrophytes at 5.5% (32/584). The majority of infections (380/584) occurred in females and in children with ages less than 12 years (554/584).

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Tinea; Trichophyton spp.; Microsporum sp.; Dermatophytes;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Biology
    Item ID: 7600
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1014592507063
    Depositing User: Dr. Kevin Kavanagh
    Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2016 16:40
    Journal or Publication Title: Mycopathologia
    Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
    Refereed: Yes
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