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Tinea capitis is contagious. It can be acquired through contact with people, animals or objects carrying the fungus. The presence of fungi within the scalp may not be sufficient to result in tinea capitis (carrier state). Approximately eight dermatophyte species are characteristically associated with tinea capitis. Infections due to Trichophyton tonsurans predominate from Central America to the United States and in parts of Western Europe. Microsporum canis infections are mainly seen in South America, Southern and Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Reported cases of kerion (inflammatory tinea capitis) are rare outside Africa.

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