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Leprosy is very dangerous for your personal health It can make you skin fall off Leprosy slowly eats away at you body It is deadly to all genders all ages all sizes and all races Another name for leprosy is Hansens Disease Leprosy is caused by the organism mycobacterium leprae The pathogen that carries it is bacteria Throughout the years people have suspected that inhaling and touching the bacteria could spread leprosy Symptoms of leprosy appear three to five years after contact Symptoms include redness or white patches of skin lumps on several parts of the body and fingers and toes may curl inward The bacteria of leprosy can sometimes cause blindness If leprosy is not treated nerves can be severely damaged causing no control over some parts of the body Leprosy has two common forms tuberculoid and lepromatous Both forms produce lesions on the skin but the lepromatous form is very severe producing large disfiguring nodules Tuberculoid os known to cause tuberculosis and lepromatous is known to cause leprosy The main challenges for Hansens Disease is elimination efforts are to reach populations that have not yet received multi-drug therapy services improve detection of the disease and provide patients with good quality health care and free medications Hansens Disease in the Western Pacific is a particular problem In 1999 there were 640000 cases in the World and 108 cases in the United States of America In the year 2000 there were 738284 cases in the World and 131 cases in the United States of America This shows an increase of 98284 cases in the World in one years time and an increase of 23 cases in the United States of America in one years time Leprosy is nationally notifiable in the United States In the past and in the present people who have leprosy have became outcasts Leprosy originated in tropical climates A large number of crusaders were diagnosed with leprosy because they traveled
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