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Med Mycol Case Rep. 2018 Dec 1;23:37-42. doi: 10.1016/j.mmcr.2018.11.005. eCollection 2019 Mar.

Trichophyton benhamiae and T. mentagrophytes target guinea pigs in a mixed small animal stock.

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Institute for Bacteriology and Mycology, Center for Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Leipzig, An den Tierkliniken 29, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany.
Mycological Laboratory Mölbis, Mölbiser Hauptstraße 8, D-04571 Mölbis, Germany.


Trichophyton benhamiae is an emerging zoonotic dermatophyte. We present a case of a small animal stock infected with two Trichophyton species. T. benhamiae was isolated from 15 out of 26 (58%) guinea pigs including two morphologically different phenotypes. Eight guinea pigs were infected with T. benhamiae and T. mentagrophytes simultaneously. The animals showed alopecia and crusts or no clinical signs at all. T. benhamiae was not detected in rats, rabbits and mice kept in the same stock.


Guinea pig; Mass spectrometry; Trichophyton benhamiae; Trichophyton mentagrophytes; Zoonotic dermatophytes

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