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  1. en.wikipedia.org › wiki › LeprosyLeprosy - Wikipedia

    Leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease (HD), is a long-term infection by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae or Mycobacterium lepromatosis. Infection can lead to damage of the nerves, respiratory tract, skin, and eyes.

  2. 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.

  3. Apr 11, 2024 · Each year, up to 225 people in the U.S. and 250,000 around the world are diagnosed with Hansen's disease (also known as leprosy). Hansen's disease was once feared as a highly contagious, devastating disease. Now, we know that it's hard to spread and easily treatable.

  4. Apr 11, 2024 · Hansen's disease (also known as leprosy) is caused by slow growing bacteria. Symptoms mainly affect the skin, nerves, and lining of the nose. Loss of sensation in affected areas can occur, increasing the risk of injuries going unnoticed due to the decreased ability to sense touch and pain.

  5. 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.

  6. Sep 14, 2018 · Leprosy (or Hansen’s disease) is a chronic, progressive bacterial infection that can cause disfigurement and disability if left untreated. Discover the symptoms and see pictures.

  7. Jan 27, 2023 · Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by a type of bacteria, Mycobacterium leprae. The disease predominantly affects the skin and peripheral nerves. Left untreated, the disease may cause progressive and permanent disabilities.

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