Health

January 2013 Issue

There Are No Worms in Ringworm

The fungus is spread through contaminated soil and easily transmitted to other animals — and you

Fungal spores invisible to the naked eye cause ringworm. If a cat digs into contaminated soil or tangles with a ringworm-infected feline and develops this common skin infection, he can transmit it to other cats, dogs and even humans. The malady can affect the skin, hair and claws and take up to a year to resolve. And despite its name, it has nothing to do with worms.

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