IN JANUARY, 1950, one of us (J. P. S.) was confronted by a patient who stated that she and her pet monkey were scratching pruritic lesions which she thought were ringworm. Considering the number of times that laymen falsely accuse the animal world of conferring infection upon mankind, the piquant fact is that this patient made a correct diagnosis.
REPORT OF CASE
The patient was a 46-yr.-old white woman who operated a pet shop. A week after acquiring a capuchin monkey she noted on the exposed portions of her neck and forearms annular erythematous plaques with a fine branny scale, 0.5 cm. to 1.5 cm. in size. Pruritus was a prominent symptom. Crops of new lesions kept on reappearing during her period of contact with the monkey. The application of 10% salicylanilide ointment to any given lesion was followed by regression within about two weeks.The simian was a male
SCULLY JP, KLIGMAN AM. COINCIDENT INFECTION OF A HUMAN AND AN ANTHROPOID WITH MICROSPORUM AUDOUINI: Report of a Case. AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1951;64(4):495–498. doi:10.1001/archderm.1951.01570100112017
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