Leprosy

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What is leprosy?

Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease that usually affects the skin and peripheral nerves but has a wide range of possible clinical manifestations.The disease is also called Hanson's disease. There are two different types of leprosy. They are paucibacillary or multibacillary.

Paucibbacillary and Multibacillary

Paucibacillary leprosy is milder and characterized by one or more hypopigmented skin macules. multibacillary leprosy is associated with symmetric skin lesions, nodules plagues, thickened dermis, and frequent involvement of the nasal mucosa resulting in nasal congestion and epistaxis.

Some photos of the leprosy disease

Leprosy is mainly boils that develop very slowly on every area of your skin.

Etiologic Agent

Mycobacterium leprae, a bacillus that multiples very slowly and mainly affects the skin, nerves and mucous membranes, is the organism responible for Hanson's disease. The organism has never been grown bacteriologic media or cell culture, but has been grown in mouse foot pads.

More information at CDC.gov

If you go to CDC.gov you can see more information like the outbreaks around the world. And the numbers of people who caught it.