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Leprosy is a rare disease in which bacteria (Mycobacterium leprae) attack the skin, nerves, and mucous
membranes, such as the eyes. People with leprosy develop sores on their skin
and lose some of their nerve sensations.
Leprosy is also known as
The progression of leprosy depends on its
Leprosy is treated with medicine, which may control how
quickly it progresses but rarely resolves symptoms completely.
Current as of:
May 24, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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