Leprosy is India's secret epidemic: report

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    Leprosy is India's secret epidemic, says report


    (CBS) If you listen to the Indian government, leprosy has been conquered. But if you chance to meet any of the 130,000 new patients diagnosed with it each year, you get quite a different story.

    That's according to a new investigation from the Guardian.


    India has more new cases each year than the rest of the world combined, according to the report. Partly, that's due to India's enormous population, more than one billion people, says the World Bank. But another part is that the country has drastically reduced funding to combat the disease.


    Leprosy is India's secret epidemic, says report - HealthPop - CBS News
     
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    its called hanson's disease now....still a sad thing to have
     
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    I've seen Leprosy in Thailand, and believe it or not, in France. It's hardly gone away..and it ain't pretty.
     
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    it never goes away....if i am not mistaken there is a vaccine for it now....but once you have it...you have to live with it
     
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    Thalidomide cures it... if caught early IIRC.

    Just don't have kids while on it, but if you have Leprosy, what're the odds of you having sex anyway?
     
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    I'm just waiting for smallpox to pop back up. You damn well know it's out there somewhere waiting.
     
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    Yeah..in a corporate lab..with Patent #01238929.
     
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    i salute the rotary club for trying to do away with polio
     
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    Leprosy is from the same bacterial family as TB. It's an acid fast bacillus somewhere (evolutionarily) between a fungus and a bacteria (though technically a bacteria).

    It's hard to get, but once you get it, it's hard to manage.
     
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    Granny tol' Uncle Ferd he can't go armadiller huntin' with his friends no more
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    Eating armadillos blamed for leprosy in the South
    4/27/2011 - Disease likely spreads when people handle, eat the animals, which carry bacteria for disfiguring disease
     

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