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Is leprosy contagious? Is it still common?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Leprosy

Leprosy is uncommon and only mildly contagious.
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. Leprosy is often called the least contagious of the infectious

In brief: Leprosy

Leprosy is uncommon and only mildly contagious.
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. Leprosy is often called the least contagious of the infectious
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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diseases. About 95% of people have natural immunity to Leprosy. It is most likely that leprosy is transmitted by close & prolonged contact -nasal droplets. Of interest - after 2 weeks of treatment many lepers are no longer infectious.
Dr. Michael Silverman
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Yes

Leading cause of permanent disability in the world affecting mainly people living in tropical countries.

In brief: Yes

Leading cause of permanent disability in the world affecting mainly people living in tropical countries.
Dr. Michael Silverman
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Dr. Willam Lau
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Yes

Leprosy is transmitted by contact with patients infected with mycobacterium leprae.
Not common in the United States today.

In brief: Yes

Leprosy is transmitted by contact with patients infected with mycobacterium leprae.
Not common in the United States today.
Dr. Willam Lau
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