Modern data on the prevalence and etiopathogenesis of fungal infections among military personnel

Guliyeva Rugia Agasafar  

Military Hospital of the Internal Troops (Baku, Azerbaijan) 

Purpose of the study To study the epidemiological aspects and features of the course of fungal infection in military personnel. Material and methods. Within 5 years, after applying for medical dermatological help to the Central Hospital of the Internal Troops, in the department of skin and venereal diseases, 250 military personnel aged 20 to 50 with fungal diseases were identified and involved in further research.

Research methods: clinical, statistical, microscopic — detection of fungal infection. Statistical analysis of the research results was carried out using the STATISTICA system for Windows 7.0 and the SPSS program.

Research results. The highest incidence of foot mycoses was found among the military personnel of the older age groups. Relatively less frequently, servicemen aged 20 to 29 were registered with the studied pathology in relation to the previous groups (12.9%). The age groups under 20 years old (1.2%) were the smallest in terms of the number of cases. Thus, the level of occurrence among military personnel of various nosological forms of dermatomycosis was determined (Figure 2). Almost a little more than half of the sample consisted of patients with dermatophytosis (B-35) in accordance with ICD-10, and superficial candidiasis of the skin and keratomycosis occurred in equal numbers of cases.

Conclusions. Summarizing the above, we can conclude that the actual practice of registering fungal diseases in a certain group of military personnel has been studied. In the structure of dermatomycosis, mycoses of the feet were in the lead, the second place was occupied by dermatomycosis in the area of large folds, mycosis of the trunk. The frequency of various nosological forms of the studied pathology in the examined military personnel fluctuated within wide limits   

Key Words: fungal infection, military personnel, mycoses, prevalence, risk factors. 

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Гюлиева, Р.А. Современные данные о распространенности и этиопатогенезе грибковых инфекций среди военнослужащих // Східноєвропейський журнал внутрішньої та сімейної медицини. – 2022. – № 1. – С. 43-46. doi:  10.15407/internalmed2022.01.043 

Guliyeva RA. Sovremennye dannye o rasprostranennosti i etiopatogeneze gribkovyh infekcij sredi voennosluzhashchih. [Modern data on the prevalence and etiopathogenesis of fungal infections among military personnel]. Shidnoevr. z. vnutr. simejnoi med. 2022;1:43-46. Russian. doi: 10.15407/internalmed2022.01.043  


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