[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
July 1952


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology of Indianapolis General Hospital.

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1952;66(1):65-69. doi:10.1001/archderm.1952.01530260068006

ANIMALS are carriers of many diseases and parasites that may be transmitted to man, among which are cutaneous fungous infections. Mice are susceptible to infection by dermatophytes, and man, in whom dermatophytoses occur frequently, is occasionally infected by these fungi through exposure to diseased mice or to an intermediate animal or object. Achorion quinckeanum infections are the commonest mycotic infections of mice, and, though rarely occurring in the United States, they are not uncommon in Europe and Australia. Trichophyton mentagrophytes infections of mice are apparently rare, for there is very little mention of them in the literature, and I am aware of no reports of them from the United States.


Favus is a dermatophytosis characterized by the formation of crusts known as scutula and caused by several varieties of Achorion. Among animals1 it occurs most commonly in mice and rats and less frequently in cats, dogs, and rabbits. Man is susceptible to infection by