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Can ringworm spread between humans and animals?

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Humans and their pets can share a number of diseases, including ringworm. Not only can you catch ringworm from your cat, dog, rabbit, or bird, but you can give it to your pet, too.

It's important to take your pet to the vet if you think they might have ringworm. Keep infected pets away from your family -- as well as from other pets. And wash your hands with soap and warm water every time you touch your pet until the infection clears.

From: Myths & Facts About Ringworm WebMD Medical Reference

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Nemours Foundation: "Ringworm."

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: "Ringworm Myth-Busters."

ASPCA: "Ringworm."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Ringworm."

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: "Ringworm."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on July 16, 2018

SOURCES: 

Nemours Foundation: "Ringworm."

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: "Ringworm Myth-Busters."

ASPCA: "Ringworm."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Ringworm."

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: "Ringworm."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on July 16, 2018

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