H number H00344
Name Leprosy;
Hansen disease
Description Leprosy, caused by Mycobacterium leprae, is still one of the main causes of physical disability worldwide. The new case detection rate remains high, with about 250 000 new cases being registered each year. Infection leads to chronic granulomatous inflammation in skin and peripheral nerves and resulting disability brings about social disadvantage for patients and their family members.
Category Infectious disease