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Study of Tinea Capitis in Philadelphia Using Case and Control Groups

Barbara J. Reid, Michael B. Shimkin and F. Blank
Public Health Reports (1896-1970)
Vol. 83, No. 6 (Jun., 1968), pp. 497-502
DOI: 10.2307/4593335
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4593335
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Abstract

A study of tinea capitis, using cases and controls, was carried out in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1965-66. Dermatophytes were isolated from the scalps of 472 of 1,782 persons; 83 percent were of the Microsporum species (M. audouinii in all but three instances), and 17 percent were of the Trichophyton species. In families of the case group, infections were found in 47 percent of the 486 boys and in 29 percent of the 335 girls, as well as in 12 percent of the 199 adults. Among families of the control group, dermatophytes were isolated from 1 percent of the 606 children and none of the 156 adults. Tinea capitis in families was associated with having a large number of children, especially boys 5-16 years old, and with boys sharing their combs and caps and having less frequent shampoos during winter.

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