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Tinea capitis should be on the public health agenda

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 12 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:451
  1. Theresa Lamagni, senior scientist (,
  2. Barry Evans, consultant epidemiologist,
  3. Colin Campbell, top grade scientist
  1. Public Health Laboratory Service Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, London NW9 5EQ
  2. Public Health Laboratory Service Mycology Reference Laboratory, Bristol BS2 8EL

    EDITOR—We welcome the article by Gibbon et al drawing attention to an increasing problem of tinea capitis caused by Trichopyton tonsurans.1 In seeking to document the increase the authors cite that the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre has recorded a 25-fold rise in cases of infection with T tonsurans infection since 1995, and a further doubling of incidence was seen within the first half of 1999. We believe that the magnitude of the rise given by these figures is …

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