W12-034: Decontamination of household textiles exposed to Microsporum canis spores
Karen A. Moriello; University of Wisconsin-Madison: $5,363
Ringworm in cats is most commonly caused by the fungus Microsporum canis. While this skin disease is curable, treatment can be challenging because infected cats shed large amounts of infected hairs and spores into their environment. Effective cleaning is necessary to prevent contamination of the environment and prevent re-infection of cats. No evidence-based information is available for cleaning of household textiles such as fabric, carpeting, and clothing. This project will determine the efficacy of decontamination options for household textiles to identify safe and effective practices.
Dr. Kelly Baxter