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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 96, No. 6, 2001, pp. 777-779
Bioline Code: oc01124
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 96, No. 6, 2001, pp. 777-779

 en SHORT COMMUNICATION - Sporotrichosis: an Emergent Zoonosis in Rio de Janeiro
Mônica Bastos de Lima Barros; Tânia Maria Pacheco Schubach; Maria Clara Gutierrez Galhardo; Armando de Oliveira Schubach; Paulo Cezar Fialho Monteiro; Rosani Santos Reis; Rosely Maria Zancopé-Oliveira; Márcia dos Santos Lazéra; Tullia Cuzzi-Maya; Tânia Cristina Moita Blanco; Keyla Belizia Feldman Marzochi; Bodo Wanke & Antonio Carlos Francesconi do Valle


During the period from 1987 to 1998, 13 cases of human sporotrichosis were recorded at the Research Center Evandro Chagas Hospital (CPqHEC) in Rio de Janeiro. Two of these patients related scratch by a sick cat. During the subsequent period from July 1998 to July 2000, 66 human, 117 cats and 7 dogs with sporotrichosis were diagnosed at the CPqHEC. Fifty-two humans (78.8%) reported contact with cats with sporotrichosis, and 31 (47%) of them reporting a history of a scratch or bite. This epidemic, unprecedented in the literature, involving cats, dogs and human beings may have started insidiously before 1998.

Sporothrix schenckii, sporotrichosis, emergent zoonosis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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