Ring Worm (Dermatophytosis)
It is an infectious disease characterized by typical lesions of small round alopecic areas or generalized infection on the head, neck, limbs and flanks.
The disease is caused by dermatophytes; Trichphyton verrucosum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes are the common types affecting camels.
Young camels under 3 years of age are commonly affected.
Animals of 3-12 months are most susceptible.
High humidity, overcrowding and nutritional imbalance are predisposing factors.
Sources of infection: Infected animals and fomites.
The disease is transmitted by direct and indirect contact with infected animals and fomites.
- Lesions develop on the legs, neck and head in the form of small round alopecic areas.
- Generalized infection on head, neck, limbs and flanks may also develop.
- Lesions are gray-white in color.
- Antimycotic ointments such as miconazole.
- Griseofulvin is not used in camels as it has some side effects such as diarrhea and nausea.