August 2010 Issue

Ringworm: A Hungry Fungus

Take this diagnosis seriously. Itís contagious to other pets and people, and it will require vigilant treatment to cure.

Commonly referred to as ringworm, feline dermatophytosis is a fungal infection that is frequently observed in cats. The condition occurs worldwide, most commonly in warm, humid climates that are hospitable to the peculiar type of fungus that causes it. In the U.S., the disorder is especially problematic year-round in the deep South, says William Miller, VMD, a professor of dermatology at Cornell Universityís College of Veterinary Medicine, and its prevalence can rise markedly in cooler areas of the nation with the arrival of hot and muggy summer weather.

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