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  1. Although it is not highly contagious, leprosy (Hansen's disease) can spread from person to person. Experts don’t fully understand how the disease spreads from one person to another, but the bacterium is likely transmitted through airborne droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

  2. › wiki › LeprosyLeprosy - Wikipedia

    Leprosy is not highly contagious. People with leprosy can live with their families and go to school and work. In the 1980s, there were 5.2 million cases globally, but by 2020 this decreased to fewer than 200,000. Most new cases occur in 14 countries, with India accounting for more than half.

  3. The disease can cause skin symptoms such as: A large, discolored lesion on the chest of a person with Hansen’s disease. Discolored patches of skin, usually flat, that may be numb and look faded (lighter than the skin around) Growths (nodules) on the skin. Thick, stiff or dry skin. Painless ulcers on the soles of feet.

  4. Jan 27, 2023 · The bacteria are transmitted via droplets from the nose and mouth during close and frequent contact with untreated cases. Leprosy is curable with multidrug therapy (MDT). Leprosy is reported from all the six WHO Regions; the majority of annual new case detections are from South-East Asia.

  5. Publications detail / Global leprosy (Hansen disease) update, 2021: moving towards interruption of transmission. Weekly epidemiological record. 8 September 2022. Publication. Download (2.6 MB) Overview. Leprosy is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) caused by Mycobacterium leprae.

  6. Jul 17, 2023 · Leprosy is transmitted via droplets, from the nose and mouth, during close and frequent contact with untreated cases. Symptoms Symptoms may occur within one year but can also take as long as 20 years or even more to occur.

  7. Leprosy, also called Hansen’s disease, is a contagious disease. One way it spreads is from person to person. Even so, it’s actually hard to catch. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 95% of humans are immune to the bacteria that cause this disease 1.

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