Thirty-six cases of epidemic infections due toTrichophyton violaceumin Siena, Italy

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SummaryTrichophyton violaceumis an anthropophilous dermatophyte endemic to parts of Africa and Asia, sporadic in Europe. It is an emerging pathogen in Italy due to immigration. We report 36 cases of infections due to T. violaceum, diagnosed in the last 5 years by mycological examination. The source of contagion was 13 children adopted from orphanages.

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