VOLUME 19 NUMBER 4 WINTER 2015 – 2016 ISSN 1496-3876
TOE NAIL ONYCHOMYCOSIS
Onychomycosis affects over 35 million people in the United States alone; the disease has a prevalence of approximately 3% of the adult population in North America and Europe.
Dermatophytes are the most frequently implicated causative agents in onychomycosis (nearly 90% in toe nail and at least 50% in fingernail infections); the most common being Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and Epidermophyton floccosum although variation exists worldwide.
Human Pathogens and Toxins Act
The goal of the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act (HPTA) is “to establish a safety and security regime to protect the health and safety of the public against the risks posed by human pathogens and toxins”