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What is leprosy (hansen's disease)?

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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Leprosy (Definition)

Leprosy is 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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