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

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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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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I need to know if there is any vaccine for leprosy?

I need to know if there is any vaccine for leprosy?

Clinical research: While there is some clinical evidence that the bcg vaccine (given in certain countries as a vaccine for tb) can be somewhat protective against leprosy (since the two diseases are caused by similar organisms), it is not a great vaccine against leprosy. There are many academic centers around the world currently working on making a better vaccine. ...Read more

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I need to know if there is any vaccine for leprosy?

Clinical research: While there is some clinical evidence that the bcg vaccine (given in certain countries as a vaccine for tb) can be somewhat protective against leprosy (since the two diseases are caused by similar organisms), it is not a great vaccine against leprosy. There are many academic centers around the world currently working on making a better vaccine. ...Read more

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I need to know if there is a vaccine for leprosy?

I need to know if there is a vaccine for leprosy?

Clinical research: While there is some clinical evidence that the bcg vaccine (given in certain countries as a vaccine for tb) can be somewhat protective against leprosy (since the two diseases are caused by similar organisms), it is not a great vaccine against leprosy. There are many academic centers around the world currently working on making a better vaccine. ...Read more

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I am planning on volunteer to help out at a leprosy colony. Is there a vaccine to protect me from it?

No: But you're very unlikely to get leprosy in a leprosy colony. First, leprosy is not very contagious. Second, people in colonies have generally had it for a long time, and have either already been treated or are currently being treated. ...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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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 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

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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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How dangerous is touching leprosy patients?

Not much: Most persons who acquire leprosy do so after long term intimate contact. Transient contact is not likely to produce transmission, but as my mentor used to say "never say never". ...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 odds of getting leprosy from pillows, sheets, etc...?

Agree w Dr. Raff: First off - 95% of people are immune to Mycobacterium leprae. It is most likely that leprosy is transmitted by lengthy & close contact with nasal droplets (such as sneeze or cough) from an infected person. I have been reading about leprosy and have found no literature indicating that leprosy can be spread through bed linens. ...Read more

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Does leprosy cause death?

Leprosy: According to World Health Organization “Mortality in leprosy is often not considered important since the disease is rarely an immediate cause of death.” Indirect effects of Lepromatous Leprosy ^ mortality 3.5 to 4 x higher than general population. Non-lepromatous Leprosy mortality rate was up to 2 x higher than general population. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about leprosy?

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. There may be loss of body parts due to inability to feel pain leading to recurrent injuries. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more


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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