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What is leprosy?

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Leprosy is a disease that causes severe, disfiguring skin sores and nerve damage in the arms, legs, and skin areas around the body.

SOURCES:

PubMed Health web site: "Leprosy," "Lepromin Skin Test."

World Health Organization web site: "Leprosy: The Disease."

Merck Manual Home Edition, online version: "Leprosy."

CDC web site: "Hansen's Disease: Leprosy."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web site: "Hansen's disease."

World Health Organization web site: "Leprosy: The Disease," "FAQ Sheet," "Microbiology of M. leprae," "Leprosy: The Treatment."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 19, 2017

SOURCES:

PubMed Health web site: "Leprosy," "Lepromin Skin Test."

World Health Organization web site: "Leprosy: The Disease."

Merck Manual Home Edition, online version: "Leprosy."

CDC web site: "Hansen's Disease: Leprosy."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web site: "Hansen's disease."

World Health Organization web site: "Leprosy: The Disease," "FAQ Sheet," "Microbiology of M. leprae," "Leprosy: The Treatment."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 19, 2017

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