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Why haven't we cured leprosy?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: 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 $

In brief: 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
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
money in poor countries to fully address the issue of Leprosy.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Of note - BCG has been used in attempts to vaccinate against leprosy but is not very effect. Leprovax has been developed.
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