What is Leprosy ?

Leprosy is an infectious disease characterized by disfiguring skin lesions, peripheral nerve damage, and progressive debilitation.

It is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae. Leprosy is often also referred to as Hansen’s disease, after the discoverer of the bacterium.

Leprosy is common in many countries in the world, and in temperate, tropical, and subtropical climates.

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