Leprosy remains endemic in third world countries, with 215,656 new cases reported worldwide at the end of 2013, states the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations. Of all new cases, 81 percent originated in... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

Patients with leprosy have skin growths, discolored skin lesions and stiff skin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Leprosy also causes nose problems, such as nosebleeds and stuffy noses. Patien... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

Since the year 1873 when leprosy was officially diagnosed by Norwegian doctor Armauer Hansen and for many centuries before that, people who contract leprosy have been ostracized from their homes and communities, accordin... More » Health Conditions & Diseases
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