In 10 kids of one month of age proliferative, crusty skin lesions were noted on the face skin.

The lesions were found on the lips, around the eyes, ears and on the face skin. Meat inspectors suspected of Contagious ecthyma.

Histopathology evidenced lesions compatible with chronic dermatophytosis with the presence of fungal elements in the hair follicles.

Fungal infection by dermatophytes or ringworm is a zoonosis.

Microbiological culture allowed the isolation and identification of Tricophyton verrucosum.

The differential diagnosis of these lesions includes Contagious ecthyma, mange and Goat pox (poxvirus).

Multifocal proliferative skin lesions on the face.

Photomicrograph of a hematoxylin and eosin staining. Conidia may be observed within the hair follicle (arrow).

Photomicrograph of a hematoxylin and eosin staining. The blue bar marks the hyperkeratosis (thickening of the keratin layer of the epidermis)..

Growth of stellate shaped colonies along the hairs in Mycosel agar. The colonies were identified as Trichophyton verrucossum. (Courtesy of Bacteriology and Mycology Service of the Department of Animal Health and Anatomy at UAB).

Growth of stellate shaped colonies along the hairs in Mycosel agar. The colonies were identified as Trichophyton verrucossum. (Courtesy of Bacteriology and Mycology Service of the Department of Animal Health and Anatomy at UAB).