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Prevalence of tinea capitis as well as of asymptomatic carriers in school children in Nablus area (Palestine)

: Häufigkeit von Tinea capitis und asymptomatischen Trägern bei Schulkindern in der Nablus-Region (Palästina)

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Summary. 

A study of tinea capitis was carried out during October 1998, involving 8531 school children aged 6–14 years (4718 males and 3813 females), attending 12 primary schools located in urban, rural, and refugee camp communities in the Nablus district in the Palestinian Authority. A total of ∼1389 of the school children aged 6–12 years (724 males and 665 females) were also surveyed on three occasions at 2–3 month intervals, over a 9-month period (October 1998–May 1999) using the hair brush technique, for prevalence of asymptomatic tinea capitis carriage. Twenty-three(0.27%) mycologically proven cases of tinea capitis were detected.

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Zusammenfassung. 

Im Oktober 1998 wurden 8531 Schulkinder im Alter von 6–14 Jahren (4718 Jungen und 3813 Mädchen) auf Tinea capitis untersucht, die 12 Grundschulen in städtischen und ländlichen Gegenden sowie in Flüchtlingslagern der Nablus-Region (Palästina) besuchten. Insgesamt 1389 Schulkinder im Alter von 6–12 Jahren (724 Jungen und 665 Mädchen) wurden dreimal in einem 2–3-Monate-Intervall über 9 Monate hinwegmittels Haarbürstentechnik auf asymptomatische Dermatophyten-Trägerschaft untersucht. Es wurden 23 (0.27%) mykologisch bewiesene Fälle von Tinea capitis entdeckt.
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Keywords: Dermatophyten-Träger; Epidemiologie; Microsporum canis; Palestine; Palästina; Tinea capitis; Trichophyton violaceum; dermatophyte carriers; epidemiology; tinea capitis

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biological Sciences, An-Najah University, Nablus and 2: Private Clinic, Nablus, Palestine.

Publication date: June 1, 2002

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