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Ringworm

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Caution

Commonly infected wildlife

Any Mammal

 

Is this animal infected?

  • Infected animals have areas of thickened skin with hair loss on the head or legs
  • Skin may be red
  • Hair easily breaks away
  • Lesions can be itchy

Ringworm

Can I get it?

Yes

  • By touching the skin and hair of infected animals

How bad can it get?

mild
May require medical attention

Protect myself and others

  • Wear disposable gloves
  • Wash hands
  • Disinfect work space
  • Warning - Once infected, you can transmit ringworm to your family

Wear Gloves

Wash Hands

 

Symptoms in humans

  • Skin lesions are:
    • Red, circular, and spread outward
    • Vary from dry and scaly to moist and crusty
    • Often have a central healed area surrounded by a ring of infection
    • Can be itchy

Safe for pets?

Not safe for pets

No - Once infected, pets can be a source of infection to humans

 

What causes it?

  • Fungi that grow in soil, on humans and animals (e.g., Microsporum canis)