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Diseased animal

Can I still use the animal Yes - take safety precautions
Commonly infected wildlife Any Mammals
Is this animal infected
  • Infected animals have areas of thickened skin with hair loss on the head or legs
  • Skin may be red
  • Hair easily breaks away
  • Lesions can be itchy
Can I get it Yes
  • By touching the skin and hair of infected animals
How bad can it get

Risk - mild

May require medical attention
How can I protect myself and others
  • Wear disposable gloves
  • Wash hands
  • Disinfect work space
  • Warning - Once infected, you can transmit ringworm to your family
Symptoms in humans Skin lesions are:
  • Red, circular, and spread outward
  • Vary from dry and scaly to moist and crusty
  • Often have a central healed area surrounded by a ring of infection
  • Can be itchy
Is it safe for pets No - Once infected, pets can be a source of infection to humans
What causes it
  • Fungi that grow in soil, on humans and animals (e.g., Microsporum canis)