Author(s): Oyeka CA, Eze II
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Abstract Of 402 prison inmates screened for fungal skin lesions, 79 (19.7\%) showed skin lesions, which proved mycologically positive by microscopy and culture. Dermatophytes were responsible for skin lesions in 61 (77.2\%) of the inmates, while non-dermatophytes accounted for 18 (22.8\%) of the lesions. The dermatophytes recovered were mostly anthropophilic and included Trichophyton rubrum 33 (41.8\%); T. mentagrophytes var. interdigitale 3 (3.8\%); T. tonsurans 3 (3.8\%); T. violaceum 2 (2.5\%); Epidermophyton floccosum 10 (12.7\%). A zoophilic dermatophyte, Microsporum canis, was recovered from 10 (12.7\%) cases. The non-dermatophytes were Candida albicans 15 (19\%) and Candida spp. 3 (3.8\%). Trichophyton rubrum was the most frequently recovered dermatophyte (41.8\%) and caused infections in a variety of sites. The groin was the most common site of infection being infected in 50\% of the cases by both the dermatophytes and non-dermatophytes. Younger inmates (17-24 years) recorded the highest prevalence of infection (45.6\%). Newer inmates (>2 years) were found to be more infected than older ones.
This article was published in Mycoses
and referenced in Journal of Tourism & Hospitality