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    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. 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.

  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. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Sep 14, 2023 · What Is Leprosy? Leprosy is an infectious disease that causes severe, disfiguring skin sores and nerve damage in the arms, legs, and around your body. Leprosy has existed since...

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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