Trichophyton erinacei Infection from a Hedgehog: A Case Report from Taiwan

Chih Wei Hsieh, Pei Lun Sun*, Yu Hung Wu

*Corresponding author for this work

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Trichophyton erinacei is a fungus affecting hedgehogs. As these animals have become popular as exotic pets, human infections with this organism have been documented in many countries. In Taiwan, a 36-year-old woman developed tinea lesions at multiple sites after carrying a sick hedgehog. The animal subsequently lost its quills and died. On culture of the patient's skin scrapings, the pathogen was identified mycologically as Trichophyton erinacei, which was confirmed by sequencing of the internal transcribed spacers of the fungal nuclear ribosomal DNA. The same fungus was isolated from the sawdust bed previously used by the diseased hedgehog. A careful contact history is important for identifying this emerging zoonosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-421
Number of pages5
Issue number6
StatePublished - 12 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Dermatophyte
  • Hedgehog
  • Tinea
  • Trichophyton erinacei
  • Zoonoses


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