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Why haven't we cured leprosy?

Why haven't we cured leprosy?

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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Could plastic surgery cure leprosy?

No but treat complic: Plastic surgery cannot cure leprosy but it can treat complications of leprosy once it is cured. ...Read more

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What is 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

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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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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

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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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How quickly does leprosy spread?

Very Slowly: Leprosy is often called the least contagious of the infectious diseases. One may carry these bacteria for five to 20 years before becoming symptomatic. ...Read more