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August 1957

Tinea Capitis (Microsporum Canis) in a Thirty-Day-Old Infant

Author Affiliations

Gainesville, Fla.

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;76(2):242. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550200086020

In 1953 Bereston and Robinson1 reported a case of tinea capitis and corporis caused by Microsporum audouini in an infant 4 weeks old. Infection was contracted, presumably, from a cousin who had tinea capitis caused by the same species of Microsporum and who lived in the same house. They believed that their patient was the youngest with tinea capitis yet reported.

A similar case but with different epidemiological implications is reported here.

Report of a Case

The patient, a boy, was born in a hospital at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jan. 4, 1957. Patient and mother were discharged from the hospital Jan. 9, 1957. The succeeding two weeks were spent in the home of the maternal grandparents, who had two house cats. Another week was spent at the home of the paternal grandparents, also in Fort Lauderdale. After this period the parents returned with the patient to Gainesville, Fla., and