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W12-034: Decontamination of household textiles exposed to Microsporum canis spores

Ringworm is a superficial fungal skin disease that affects all animals, including cats. In cats, the most commonly isolated pathogen is Microsporum canis. This disease is important because it is highly contagious to cats and transmitted to people making it a public health concern. Ringworm can infect any cat, but the most commonly infected are the most adoptable (kittens and young cats), old cats with other illnesses, and cats in animal shelters or rescue organizations. Treatment can be challenging because infected cats shed large amounts of infective material (spores and infected hairs) into the environment. Effective cleaning is necessary to prevent spore contamination of the environment and prevent cats from becoming re-­‐infected or “dust mop carriers”. There is no evidence-­‐based information available for household textiles-­‐fabric, clothing, carpeting, etc. The purpose of this study is to determine the efficacy of decontamination options for household textiles with a goal of identifying safe and effective practices.

Grant ID: W12-034

Status: Active

Year Funded: 2012

Amount awarded: $5,363

Investigator: Karen A. Moriello, DVM DACVD; University of Wisconsin-­‐Madison