Favus, because of its nature and its resistance to treatment, may become a real threat if it spreads. The case herein reported illustrates that the disease may be carried into this country by returning military personnel and that patients affected may in turn communicate the disease to others. No prior report of favus accquired in overseas duty was found.
Favus is extremely rare in this country. In the Skin and Cancer Unit of the New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital, among 74,046 patients admitted during three years, only 18 with favus were observed.1 The great majority of the patients with the disease seen in America are foreign born. Favus is common in certain sections of Europe, such as Russia, France, the Balkans and the south of Spain. In North Africa, the disease is widespread in Spanish and French Morocco, Tunisia and Libya. In an unpublished
CANIZARES O. FAVUS ACQUIRED IN SERVICE OVERSEASREPORT OF INVOLVEMENT OF THE TOE NAILS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;51(3):178. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510210020003