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Is leprosy a fatal disease?

Is leprosy a fatal disease?

Sort of: Leprosy is a chronic slowly progressive illness and it is treatable. Left untreated, it can cause death after a number of years of being ill with the disease. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Leprosy (Definition)

A disease that results in severe skin sores, nerve damage, and gradual muscle weakness. It is more common in temperate, tropical, and subtropical climates. Leprosy ...Read more


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Why is leprosy also called hansen's disease?

Hansen's Disease: Leprosy is also called Hansen's Disease because G. H. Armauer Hansen was the scientist who discovered the Mycobacterium leprae bacterium in 1873. ...Read more

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What is leprosy (hansen's disease)?

Leprosy: Or Hansen's Disease is an infection caused by Mycobacterium lepromatosis & Mycobacterium Leprae. One may carry these bacteria for five to 20 years before becoming symptomatic. Granulomas can form on nerves, eyes, skin & in respiratory tract. There may be loss of body parts due to inability to feel pain leading to recurrent injuries & secondary infections. If Leprosy is not treated the symptoms ...Read more

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What is leprosy (hansen's disease)?

Leprosy: Or Hansen's Disease is an infection caused by Mycobacterium lepromatosis & Mycobacterium Leprae. One may carry these bacteria for five to 20 years before becoming symptomatic. Granulomas can form on nerves, eyes, skin & in respiratory tract. There may be loss of body parts due to inability to feel pain leading to recurrent injuries & secondary infections. If Leprosy is not treated sx's will ^ ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is the disease leprosy spread?

Leprosy: Leprosy is often called the least contagious of the infectious diseases. One may carry these bacteria for five to 20 years before becoming symptomatic. About 95% of people have natural immunity to Leprosy. It is most likely that leprosy is transmitted by nasal droplets. ...Read more

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What is the global impact of leprosy? Is this disease still a health concern?

Leprosy remains a: Health concern. 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. According to WHO at the end of 2012 there were 189, 018 cases of Leprosy world-wide. ...Read more

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

Rare: There are about 6, 500 people w Leprosy in the US. In 2009 there were 213 new US cases. Most new cases are in: California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York & Texas. Leprosy may be transmitted by close contacts with infected armadillos or humans. 95% of people are immune to Leprosy. It is often called the least contagious of the infectious diseases. ...Read more

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Do people still die of leprosy or is that a disease that's been eliminated from the world? If so, where is this disease still widespread? Just curious

Leprosy: 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. There are about 6, 500 people w Leprosy in the US. In 2009 there were 213 new US cases. Most new cases are in: California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York & Texas. Leprosy may be > ...Read more

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Can you tell me about diseases that are becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics? Is it the same with leprosy?

Leprosy: The mycobacterium that causes leprosy has evolved some resistance to dapsone, so combination therapy is now used. ...Read more

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Diseases are becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics and I was wondering if leprosy is also resistant to antibiotics?

Diseases are becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics and I was wondering if leprosy is also resistant to antibiotics?

Leprosy: Multi-drug therapy for multibacillary leprosy is usually Dapsone, Rifampicin & Clorazime. Other antibiotics can be used. Few antibiotics may be used for other forms of leprosy. Multi-drug therapy continues to be an effective treatment for leprosy. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between west nile virus and hansen disease (leprosy)?

Is there a difference between west nile virus and hansen disease (leprosy)?

West nile virus: West nile virus - is a mosquito transmitted virus that causes encephalitis (brain inflammation). This can cause coma and death.
Leprosy is caused by a bacteria that affects peripheral nerves, skin, eye, mucosa -- secondary infections is usually the cause of death. ...Read more

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Can leprosy mutate into a deadlier disease, resisitant to current vaccines?

BCG has been used: In attempts to vaccinate against leprosy but isn't that effective. More specific vaccines are in development. At this point, leprosy has consistently responded to multi-drug therapy which for multibacillary leprosy is usually Dapsone, Rifampicin & Clorazime. Other antibiotics can be used. This is one of the oldest diseases known to mankind and appears to remain steady in it's form. ...Read more

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Could leprosy mutate into a deadlier disease, resisitant to current vaccines?

Agree w Dr. Novick: Vaccine is in development at this time. Currently there have been no cases of leprosy which are resistant to multi-drug tx. Multi-drug therapy for multibacillary leprosy is usually Dapsone, Rifampicin & Clorazime. Other antibiotics can be used. Fewer antibiotics may be used for other forms of leprosy. Multi-drug therapy continues to be an effective treatment for leprosy. ...Read more

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Which are the odds of contracting leprosy in a skin to skin contact during sex from someone who is into a subclinical stage of the disease?

Which are the odds of contracting leprosy in a skin to skin contact during sex from someone who is into a subclinical stage of the disease?

Not STD: Low- I believe I Have already answered this question. Not transmitted by casual contact, only prolonged skin to skin over many months. Years. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hansen disease?

What are the symptoms of hansen disease?

Leprosy: There are multiple forms of hansen disease, major ones being lepromatous, characterized by disfiguring skin lesions affecting face, hands and feet with loss of tissue. Tuberculoid leprosy caused painful neuropathy, later loss of sensation and loss of fingers, toes, nasal septum etc. Check this site:
http://www. Webmd. Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/leprosy-symptoms-treatments-history. ...Read more

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What is the relapse rate of borderline tuberculoid hansen disease?

Strange question: As leprosy in the human population in the United States is considered near eradication, unless you have been playing with 7 banded armadillos or visited louisiana when the last leprarium was still open in carville. ...Read more

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Mature woman who travels once a year to India wishes to have sexual encounters with me. Worried about the risk of getting Hansen disease. Real risk?

STI/STD > Hansen's: Risk of catching sexually transmitted infections/diseases is greater than that of contracting Hansen's disease which exists in a few areas worldwide (http://www. Who. Int/lep/en/). Spread is via droplets eg sneeze or cough (http://www. Cdc. Gov/leprosy/transmission/index. Html) so avoid ill. Check out http://www. Hrsa. Gov/hansensdisease/pdfs/faq. Pdf for more info. Then wear a condom each & every time! ...Read more

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How does leprosy spread?

Spread of Leprosy: About 95% of people have natural immunity to Leprosy. It is most likely that leprosy is transmitted by lengthy & close contact with nasal droplets from an infected person. ...Read more

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Can leprosy maime you for life?

A /W Dr. Friedlander: YES. One may carry these bacteria for five to 20 years before becoming symptomatic. Granulomas can form on nerves, eyes, skin & in respiratory tract. There may be loss of body parts due to inability to feel pain leading to recurrent injuries & secondary infections. If Leprosy is not treated the symptoms will progress over time. Leprosy is however curable. ...Read more

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What are your symptoms if you get leprosy?

Depends on type.: Leprosy sx's depend on the severity of illness. Sx's may include: Thick, dry skin or growths on skin. Numbness of areas of skin that may be hypopigmented. Pain can be severe. Nose may be congested with nosebleeds. Voice can become hoarse. Incisor teeth may fall out.Light sensitivity, glaucoma & blindness. Ulcerations of legs, ankles & feet. Testicles atrophy w/ gynecomastia in males & v fertility. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Leprosy?

Leprosy: Leprosy (Hansen's disease) is an often chronic infection caused by Mycobacterium leprae or Mycobacterium lepromatosis. It can attack the nervous system and lead to significant disfigurement. ...Read more

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Is leprosy contagious?

Ever so slightly: A normal immune system wards off the infection (which is completely curable by the way) the germ is transmitted by a person in advanced stage of disease who sneezes or coughs. It takes many exposures probably. The incubation period is about 5 years and several more years until disease sets in. It causes numbness so unfeeling injuries occur and limbs or facial parts are scarred. ...Read more

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Does leprosy kill the victim?

Leprosy: Leprosy usually evolves very slowly. When death occurs it is often due to complications. ...Read more

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Does leprosy spread by kiss and sex?

Unlikely: Leprosy is very hard to transmit. Even close household contacts and spouses generally don't acquire leprosy. But I'm curious that you're asking about leprosy, which is so uncommon in the U.S., and when it's here, it gets treated. ...Read more

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Symptoms of leprosy are curable or not?

Early detection....: The for the treatment to be sucessfull early detection it is the key. Yes it will cure it. ...Read more

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Does leprosy affect the nervous system?

You bet it does: Likely the most frequent cause of peripheral neuropathy outside of the United States used to be leprosy, The organism prefers to afflict colder parts of the body, and often involvement of median and peroneal nerves are seen. A mixed variety of peripheral nerve problems does occur, but the infection is very sensitive to antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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Is numbness a common symptom of leprosy?

Is numbness a common symptom of leprosy?

Yes: Skin lesions are the primary external sign.[3] left untreated, leprosy can be progressive, causing permanent damage to the skin, nerves, limbs, and eyes. ...Read more