What is Leprosy?

  • Leprosy, an enduring infectious ailment, is instigated by Mycobacterium leprae bacteria.
  • It primarily impacts the skin and peripheral nerves, potentially leading to lasting disabilities if not addressed.
  • Transmission occurs through droplets from the nose and mouth in close, frequent contact with untreated cases.
  • Fortunately, leprosy is treatable with multidrug therapy (MDT).
  • Cases of leprosy are documented across all six World Health Organization (WHO) Regions, with a significant number of new instances annually detected in South-East Asia.

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