|Description:||This 1963 image depicted a small child who was in the process of breastfeeding from his mother in Moprik, Papua New Guinea. The importance of this image was the fact that the nursing mother, and her infant, were both exhibiting cutaneous manifestations of tinea imbricata, and that in this case, the mode of transmission from mother to child was through direct contact. A mycotic infection, tinea imbricata, also known as “Tokelau”, is a fungal infection of the superficial layers of skin, and caused by the fungal organism, Trichophyton concentricum.|
A form of the disease tinea coporis, tinea imbricata is found in a geographic region limited to Southeast Asia, South Pacific, Central America, and South America. The cutaneous lesions manifest as concentrically arranged circles, superimposed, or adjacent to serpiginous, snaking scaly ridges, or plaques.