Study: Leprosy persists in Los Angeles with noteworthy number of cases

Study: Leprosy persists in Los Angeles with noteworthy number of cases
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[Ed. – Yes, “Most patients were Latino, originating from Mexico, and they experienced a median delay in diagnosis of more than three years…” according to the Reuters Health report on the study.]

Leprosy cases are emerging in Los Angeles County, according to a recent study revealed in a Reuters Health report and its co-author Dr. Maria Teresa Ochoa of Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles told Reuters Health that she’s urging the public to “fight the stigma.”

The disease commonly referred to as “Hansen’s Disease” is curable when treated expeditiously, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Scientists believe it is spread through particles in the air, but also say contact must be “prolonged” and “close.” An infected person can suffer mild to severe damage to the body’s “skin, nerves, and mucous membranes.” Moreover, patients can lose feeling in parts of their bodies and suffer permanent blindness.

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