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Leprosy – a disease of the past? – In pictures
 

Leprosy – a disease of the past? – In pictures

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As India rolls out the world’s first leprosy vaccine, Dr Alex Kumar visits Anandaban hospital and outpatient clinic in Nepal to document the journey from diagnosis to rehabilitation
 
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24 Nov 2016 - General
 
Leprosy is one of the most historically scary diseases. Statistics show that a new case is diagnosed every two minutes around the world. The disease manifestations include nerve damage and muscle weakness that can lead to deformities, blindness and isolation. There is a wide belief that leprosy no longer exists, but it still occurs in more than 100 countries worldwide, including Malaysia. There are 300-350 new cases diagnosed per year in Malaysia. Leprosy is an airborne disease spread through dr...
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Leprosy is also a commonly encountered disease in the Philippine setting. It isn't as rampant as tuberculosis but there are still a lot of cases. In our country, local health centers give out free medicine for those who are infected. Just after a week of taking it, the patient is no longer infectious and after 6 months of therapy, he will already be free of symptoms. It is indeed a curable disease and individuals who suffer from it must not be ashamed to seek for help because treatment is re...
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