• Robert R. Jacobson


Leprosy (Hansen’s disease) is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium lepraethat primarily affects the skin, peripheral nerves, eyes, and mucous membranes. It has been known for well over 2000 years and afflicts more than 11 million people worldwide, mostly in underdeveloped nations. Hansen(31) discovered the etiological agent over 100 years ago, but it has still not definitely been cultured in artificial media, and there is much about the disease process we do not understand. In particular, relatively few good studies on the epidemiology and control of leprosy have been done.


Household Contact Leprosy Patient Lepromatous Leprosy Mycobacterium Leprae Skin Scraping 
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  1. 1.Clinical BranchGillis W. Long Hansen’s Disease CenterCarvilleUSA

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