What is leprosy?
Leprosy is a disease that can cause the nerves to die down, muscle weakness, affection to the skin (skin sores) and can cause lumps on the skin. It is a common disease in many countries; Asia, Africa, South California, Hawaii and etc. It has been a disease for a very long time, biblical times. It gets worse over time if you do not cure it. It is caused by the bacterium "Mycobacterium leprae". When you catch the disease it has a long incubation period, meaning the symptoms take a long time to appear, so you never know when you catch the disease till way later.
This is some sores on someones back, a symptom of Leprosy.
This is what happens to the eyes when you have the disease Leprosy.
This is some skin sores that people get when you have Leprosy. The sores can be anywhere.
Where is Leprosy mostly found?
Leprosy can affect any race of any country around the world, but it is more common in warm wet areas, like tropical places. It is usually found in Hawaii, Africa, South California and etc.
What did Leprosy do to the victim? (symptoms)
Some of Leprosy's symptoms are muscle weakness, numbness in the hands, arms, feet and legs. Skin sores that don't heal for weeks and etc.
Is Leprosy armed? (degree of damage caused)
The degree of damage done to the person with leprosy is fairly bad, but in the past 20 years, 16 million people world wide have been cured from leprosy. So it is also a good chance of it being cured. A damage is the nerve damage usually in the arm, or legs.
Number of victims with Leprosy
"According to official reports received from 115 countries and territories, the global registered prevalence of leprosy at the end of the first quarter of 2013 stood at 189,018 cases, while the number of new cases detected during 2012 was 232,857."- http://www.who.int/lep/en/
Prevention or Treatment
Treatment: A lot of different antibiotics, like dapsone, macrolides, rifampin and etc, are used to kill the bacteria that causes Leprosy. Usually Aspirin, or other antibiotics like that, are used to cool down the inflammation.
Prevention: To stay away from people that have been untreated, or haven't been "vaccinated" for the disease yet, because the disease is contagious.