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Revista del Nacional (Itauguá)

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DIAZ, Melissa Gabriela et al. Isolation of Microsporum canis and Microsporum gypseum in asymptomatic cats from the metropolitan area of Asunción-Paraguay. Rev. Nac. (Itauguá) [online]. 2017, vol.9, n.2, pp.12-19. ISSN 2072-8174.


pets are generally reservoirs and disseminators of fungi causing “tinea” in humans.


to isolate and identify dermatophyte fungi in hair of asymptomatic cats of the metropolitan area of Asunción.

Materials and methods:

68 asymptomatic cats were included from the metropolitan area of Asunción, whose ages were between 1 month and 14 years. The hair samples were obtained by the Mariat and Tapia mat method, they were cultivated in Sabouraud Agar with chloramphenicol and cycloheximide (Mycosel agar) and incubated 21 days at 28 ºC. The identification was based on the macroscopic and microscopic characteristics of the colonies.


dermatophyte fungi were isolated in 13 cats: 10 (14.7%) had Microsporum canis and 3 (4.4%) Microsporum gypseum. No significant differences were found regarding the presence of the fungus and the variables sex, age, habitat and contact with other animals.


Microsporum canis (14.7%) and Microscporum gypseum (4.4%) were isolated of Asunción cats.

Keywords : dermatophytes; Microsporum; cats; Paraguay.

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