Disease Of The Week – Leprosy

Pope Gregory the Great (590AD) denounced leprosy as a punishment for sinful behaviour. Actually it is caused by a bacteria, and spread by inhaling droplets from someone’s nose.
The bacteria prevents the suffer feeling pain in their extremities – which can become permanently damaged (or drop off) over time due to repeated injuries, infection and unnoticed wounds.

Leprosy is treatable with a cocktail of powerful drugs which has resulted in reducing the cases to about 200,000 a year world wide – half of which are in India. Thank you to B Jehle for the sad photo of hands deformed by leprosy.


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