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Where is leprosy found today?

Quick facts:

  • Around 200,000 people are diagnosed with leprosy every year, but scientists estimate that many more go undiagnosed
  • Most cases of leprosy are found across Asia, Africa, and South America
  • Around two thirds of new leprosy cases each year are found in India
  • If a country has only a handful of cases, these cases are likely to be people who have come to the country from a country with a high number of cases
  • The below map tracks the numbers of new cases diagnosed each year, but it does not represent the millions of people who are living with disabilities and stigma because of leprosy

See the full WHO report here.

Annual new cases of leprosy

  • 10,000+
  • 1,000 - 9,999
  • 100 - 999
  • 1 - 99
  • No new cases
  • No data available
Source: WHO
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