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A 32-year-old member asked:

why haven't we cured leprosy?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
We have: Leprosy is curable for the individual patient. May be you mean, why have we not eliminated leprosy? If that is the question, the answers include lack of an effective vaccine and failure to eliminate poverty.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Agree w Dr. Singh: Per WHO- Leprosy in endemic in 91 countries. Over 50% of Leprosy in the world is centered in India. There are areas of high prevalence within Nepal, Burma, Brazil, Tanzania, Madagascar & Mozambique. Leprosy can be effectively treated with dapson, rifampicin or clofazimine. However, Lepers remain outcasts & often there little to no $
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
money in poor countries to fully address the issue of Leprosy.
Oct 12, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
Of note - BCG has been used in attempts to vaccinate against leprosy but is not very effect. Leprovax has been developed.
Oct 12, 2014

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Can you catch leprosy if visiting colony ?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Highly unlikely: Leprosy appears to be transmittable only under circumstances when there has been prolonged intimate personal contact.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the odds of getting leprosy from pillows, sheets, etc...?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Nothing impossible: But almost. This disease is transmissible over long terms by direct contact with infected individuals and am not aware of transmission by inanimate objects.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Does anyone know about the prevalence of leprosy ( the hansen disease) in the u.S.)?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Really rare: Almost all cases are from immigrants carrying the disease to the us. When detected they are sent to carville, louisiana for treatment and to isolate them from the general public. The incidence is tiny.
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A 36-year-old male asked:

I was a patient of leprosy and after taking the treatment I am cured but it cause some damages can that be cured?

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Dr. Bob Ourian
Dermatology 26 years experience
Be more specific: Without saying what kind of damage you received from the treatment, it's impossible to say if it's reversible or not.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Has there been a cure developed yet for leprosy?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Yes: Leprosy has been curable for a long time.

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