Fungus, Microsporum canis

Fungus, Microsporum canis

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Caption: Microsporum canis. Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of the fungus Microsporum canis. Here, hyphal threads of the vegetative mycelium are seen, with two spore-producing fruiting bodies (at upper right, and at lower frame). Microsporum canis is a dermatophyte fungus causing human skin infections. It commonly causes tinea capitus or ringworm of the scalp, mainly in children in crowded conditions. The fungus is spread from infected cats or dogs by contact with the fungal spores. Microsporum canis lives in skin of the scalp producing round scaly lesions, and itchy patches of hair loss. Treatment is with antifungal drugs. Magnification: x970 at 6x6cm size. x1,500 at 4x4"

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