Accession Number : AD0785529

Title :   Skin Infections Due to Arthoderma Benhamiae: Source of Inoculum.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Aug 70-Jun 72,

Corporate Author : LETTERMAN ARMY INST OF RESEARCH SAN FRANCISCO CALIF

Personal Author(s) : McGinnis,Michael R. ; Hilger,Anthony E.

Report Date : 01 MAY 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : Trichophyton mentagrophytes cannot survive in natural soil for long periods of time. The fungus can neither grow nor compete as a saprophyte in natural soil. T. mentagrophytes can successfully compete for and utilize hair and stratum corneum. Aleuriospores develop from hair only. Children's or adult hair is a significant potential substrate from which an aleuriospore inoculum could arise. Characterization of the soil site utilized in this study showed the soil to be a loamy sand. Seventy species from 36 genera of fungi were recovered. No dermatophytes were recovered at the soil site. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Skin diseases, *Fungus diseases, Hair, Soils, Fungi, Growth(Physiology), Infectious diseases, Military medicine

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Microbiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE