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  • Hansens disease (HD)/ Leprosy

    Leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease (HD), is a chronic infection caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium lepromatosis. It affects the skin and the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, eyes and the thin tissue lining the inside of the nose.

  • Hansens disease (HD)/ Leprosy

    The main symptom of leprosy is disfiguring skin sores, Muscle weakness, lumps, or bumps and Nerve damage can lead to Loss of feeling in the arms and legs that do not go away after several weeks or months. Multi-drug therapy has significantly improved treatment for people with leprosy which includes ofloxacin (Floxin), or minocycline, rifampicin (monthly) and dapsone (daily), corticosteroids, salicylates, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

  • Hansens disease (HD)/ Leprosy

    Mortality rate has steadily declined from 14 deaths to 7 deaths per 100,000 population

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