Prevalence of tinea capitis among schoolchildren in Iraq
ResumenA school survey of 4461 primary-school children was carried out. The epidemiological, clinical and mycological features of tinea capitis were recorded. Of 204 clinically diagnosed cases, mycological examination of hair and scalp scrapings gave positive results in 120, a prevalence of 2.7%. Of these 120, 56 were from urban schools and 64 from rural schools. The male to female ratio was 2:1. The prevalence of tinea capitis was higher in children with a low socioeconomic profile, i.e. low standard of living, poor hygiene, low level of parental education and overcrowded living conditions. Intrafamilial infection was found in 27.5% of cases and new settlers to the area accounted for 23.3% of total cases
Fathi, H.I. & Al Samarai, A.G.M. (2000). Prevalence of tinea capitis among schoolchildren in Iraq. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118844
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 6 (1), 128-137, 2000
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Fathi, H.I.; Al Samarai, A.G.M. (2000)A school survey of 4461 primary-school children was carried out in which 204 cases of tinea capitis were clinically diagnosed. All cases were cultured and examined microscopically in order to compare the validity of the two methods. Microscopy detected 92 positive cases [45.1%], whereas culture detected 105 cases [51.4%]. We also isolated and identified the species causing tinea capitis in our sample. These included Trichophyton verrucosum [38 cases], T: rubrum [22 cases], T mentagrophytes var. mentagrophytes [12 cases] and T: tonsurans [11 cases]. ...