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  1. May 18, 2022 · Leprosy (also called Hansen’s disease) is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae (my-co-bak-TEER-ee-um LEP-pray). It can affect your eyes, skin, mucous membranes and nerves, causing disfiguring sores and nerve damage. Leprosy has been around since ancient times.

  2. Sep 15, 2015 · Leprosy (Hansen's Disease) is a chronic infectious disease that primarily affects the peripheral nerves, skin, upper respiratory tract, eyes, and nasal mucosa (lining of the nose). The disease is caused by a bacillus (rod-shaped) bacterium known as Mycobacterium leprae .

  3. About Leprosy. Every TWO MINUTES someone is diagnosed with leprosy. It causes nerve damage and muscle weakness that can lead to deformities, crippling, blindness and isolation. Many Americans think leprosy no longer exists, but it still occurs in more than 100 COUNTRIES worldwide.

  4. May 6, 2024 · leprosy, chronic infectious disease that affects the skin, the peripheral nerves (nerves outside the brain and spinal cord ), and the mucous membranes of the nose, throat, and eyes. It is caused by the leprosy bacillus, Mycobacterium leprae.

  5. Jul 17, 2023 · Leprosy is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, an acid-fast, rod-shaped bacillus. The disease mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract, and the eyes. Leprosy is curable and treatment in the early stages can prevent disability.

  6. Sep 15, 2023 · It is a chronic granulomatous infection generally caused by Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium lepromatosis, both of which primarily affects the skin and peripheral nerves. To avoid the high morbidity and mortality associated with this condition, it must be promptly diagnosed and treated.

  7. Leprosy is a chronic infection usually caused by the acid-fast bacilli Mycobacterium leprae or the closely related organism M. lepromatosis. M. leprae was the only known cause of leprosy until 2008, when a second species, M. lepromatosis was identified in Mexico. Together, these two organisms are called M. leprae complex.

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