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Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz. 2001 Aug;96(6):777-9.

Sporotrichosis: an emergent zoonosis in Rio de Janeiro.

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  • 1Serviço de Dermatologia Infecciosa, Centro de Pesquisa Hospital Evandro Chagas-Fiocruz, 21045-900 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil..


During the period from 1987 to 1998, 13 cases of human sporotrichosis were recorded at the Research Center Evandro Chagas Hospital (CPqHEC) in Rio de Janeiro. Two of these patients related scratch by a sick cat. During the subsequent period from July 1998 to July 2000, 66 human, 117 cats and 7 dogs with sporotrichosis were diagnosed at the CPqHEC. Fifty-two humans (78.8%) reported contact with cats with sporotrichosis, and 31 (47%) of them reporting a history of a scratch or bite. This epidemic, unprecedented in the literature, involving cats, dogs and human beings may have started insidiously before 1998.

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