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Is leprosy contagious?

Leprosy is a mildly infectious disease. It is spread by a bacteria called M.leprae and most people are not at risk of developing leprosy if they are exposed to this bacteria.

What causes leprosy?

Leprosy is caused by a bacteria called M.leprae. Leprosy is transmitted when a person comes into contact with the leprosy bacteria.

Does leprosy still exist?

Leprosy is one of the oldest diseases known to humanity; the earliest evidence we have of leprosy is from 4,000 years ago. Many people across the world believe leprosy died out centuries ago, but this is not true

Leprosy in the Bible

Leprosy is referred to several times in the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments. Jesus is said to have healed persons affected by leprosy and there are a handful of people throughout the Old Testament who are said to have had leprosy.

Leprosy and animals

Leprosy has been found in animals in different locations across the world, including in nine banded armadillos, red squirrels, and chimpanzees.

What are the symptoms of leprosy?

There are several key symptoms of leprosy that you need to be aware of. If you notice any of these symptoms, you must tell a health worker

How is leprosy treated?

Treatment for leprosy is free and available in every country. The treatment is a combination of three antibiotics known as Multi-Drug Therapy (MDT).