Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) – A modern miracle.

A fascinating read and I truly didn’t realise that it was still a problem or even how long the incubation period could be..so after 20 yrs how do you know the source but it seems that it could be eradicated 🙂 A fascinating read 🙂

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Smorgasbord Health 2017LEPROSY (Hansen’s Disease)

The mere mention of the word leprosy strikes fear into most people – probably because of the images we have seen over the years of sufferers, stigmatised and restricted to colonies where many of them died before treatments became available.

There have been some recent cases in the UK and Ireland but all have been treated successfully and were diagnosed in patients who had lived abroad from several years in countries where the disease still exists. There were three cases reported in 2015 in Florida and two were linked to the nine-banded Armadillo, a native of South USA, that is suspected of carrying the bacteria.

WHAT IS LEPROSY?

Leprosy is a chronically infectious bacterial disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, which was identified in 1873 by Leprosy also known as Hansen’s disease, after Armauer Hansen, the Norwegian physician who first identified the micro-organism. He was the first scientist…

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