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J Am Acad Dermatol. 1994 Aug;31(2 Pt 1):197-201.

An outbreak of tinea corporis gladiatorum on a high school wrestling team.

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Section of Epidemiology, Alaska Division of Public Health, Anchorage 99524.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

An outbreak of tinea corporis occurred in members of a high school wrestling team during the 1992-1993 season.

OBJECTIVE:

To control the outbreak, we conducted an epidemiologic investigation.

METHODS:

We examined 28 team members and obtained skin scrapings from 16. To control the outbreak we recommended (1) griseofulvin for 1 month to treat persons with more than two lesions or any facial lesion(s) and topical ketoconazole or econazole for 1 month to treat all others and (2) that wrestlers be excluded from wrestling until 10 days of topical treatment or 15 days of oral treatment had been completed.

RESULTS:

Twenty-one wrestlers had lesions consistent with tinea corporis and 10 had Trichophyton tonsurans infection confirmed by culture. A new eruption developed in 12 wrestlers after the recommendations were implemented.

CONCLUSION:

This is the third and largest outbreak of tinea corporis gladiatorum to be described in the United States. Appropriate control measures have not yet been established.

PMID:
8040400
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