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1 December 2011 Dermatophytosis (Trichophyton mentagrophytes) in a Coquerel's Sifaka (Propithecus coquereli)
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A 19-yr-old intact male Coquerel's sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) was evaluated for a crusting facial dermatopathy. Fungal culture and histopathology of skin biopsies were consistent with dermatophytosis caused by Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and treatment with the antifungal medication terbinafine was initiated. After 1 mo of treatment, all clinical signs had resolved and a fungal culture of the skin was negative. The sifaka was treated with terbinafine for a total of 81 days. Two additional fungal cultures were taken and found to be negative for the presence of dermatophytes, the last culture being taken 1 mo after discontinuation of terbinafine. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first reported case of dermatophytosis in a prosimian species and the first reported treatment of a prosimian with the antifungal drug terbinafine.

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Kristen Phair, R. Scott Larsen, and Raymund Wack "Dermatophytosis (Trichophyton mentagrophytes) in a Coquerel's Sifaka (Propithecus coquereli)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 42(4), 759-762, (1 December 2011). https://doi.org/10.1638/2011-0033.1
Received: 11 February 2011; Published: 1 December 2011
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