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J Appl Bacteriol. 1989 Jul;67(1):47-52.

The distribution and ecology of Malassezia furfur and cutaneous bacteria on human skin.

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Department of Microbiology, University of Leeds, UK.

Abstract

The prevalence and abundance of Malassezia furfur on clinically normal skin at 20 sites has been determined. All of the 16 subjects studied (young adults) had high counts on the upper trunk and on at least one site on the head. Counts obtained from the lower trunk and upper thighs of male subjects were considerably higher than those from female volunteers. Organisms isolated, grouped according to their colony morphologies, had distributions consistent with those noted for 'Pityrosporum ovale' and 'P. orbiculare' in previous studies. Mean M. furfur counts were compared with aerobic and anaerobic bacterial counts performed at the same sites. Propionibacteria and M. furfur distributions were similar but not identical. Some factors which might limit the range of M. furfur are discussed.

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