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Two new, highly contagious fungal infections that cause rashes have been identified in the United States by New York University Langone Health researchers, according to Becker’s. The fungi species Trichophyton mentagrophytes type VII have produced severe skin infections, typically in men who have male sexual partners. Infections are challenging to treat, according to the news item, but they have been responding to treatment with terbinafine. A separate study also found that Trichophyton indotineae infections tend to resist treatment with terbinafine.

Raise awareness: Researchers hope to raise awareness of the infections because they are spreading globally in areas where they have not previously been identified. Both species can lead to ringworm rashes, jock itch, and athlete’s foot, according to the summary.

Highly Contagious Fungal Infections Emerge in US