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Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease), is a chronic infectious disease that primarily affects the peripheral nerves, skin, upper respiratory tract, eyes, and nasal mucosa. The disease is caused by a bacillus (rod-shaped) bacterium known as Mycobacterium leprae (M. leprae).
Blog describes efforts to fight NTDs in Brazil

Blog describes efforts to fight NTDs in Brazil

New leprosy test, experimental vaccine might hasten disease elimination, Slate reports

New leprosy test, experimental vaccine might hasten disease elimination, Slate reports

New test for leprosy gives results in less than 10 minutes, New York Times reports

New test for leprosy gives results in less than 10 minutes, New York Times reports

Leprosy bacteria able to change the make-up of Schwann cells

Leprosy bacteria able to change the make-up of Schwann cells

WHO reports unprecedented progress against 17 neglected tropical diseases

WHO reports unprecedented progress against 17 neglected tropical diseases

Researchers uncover new way that some bacteria survive when under siege by antibiotics

Researchers uncover new way that some bacteria survive when under siege by antibiotics

Ultrasound applied to fingertips can stimulate sensory pathways leading to the brain

Ultrasound applied to fingertips can stimulate sensory pathways leading to the brain

Nostrum, VCU sign license agreement to develop inhaled dapsone for respiratory diseases

Nostrum, VCU sign license agreement to develop inhaled dapsone for respiratory diseases

Vietnam asks for international help to tackle mystery skin disease

Vietnam asks for international help to tackle mystery skin disease

BuruliVac project getting closer to a vaccine

BuruliVac project getting closer to a vaccine

Researchers pinpoint new mechanism that potently activates T-cells in leprosy

Researchers pinpoint new mechanism that potently activates T-cells in leprosy

Transforming biomedical research to develop TB vaccines

Transforming biomedical research to develop TB vaccines

IDRI receives $1 million RHSC grant to eliminate leprosy

IDRI receives $1 million RHSC grant to eliminate leprosy

Study examines relationship between conflict, rise in NTDs in Middle East, North Africa

Study examines relationship between conflict, rise in NTDs in Middle East, North Africa

Kenya's ability to diagnose, treat MDR-TB questioned after mismanagement of patient's case

Kenya's ability to diagnose, treat MDR-TB questioned after mismanagement of patient's case

Ugandan official expresses concern over rise in TB, emergence of drug-resistant strains

Ugandan official expresses concern over rise in TB, emergence of drug-resistant strains

WHO warns battle against leprosy not over in Western Pacific region

WHO warns battle against leprosy not over in Western Pacific region

Pilot program in Tanzania to improve TB detection shows promise, IRIN reports

Pilot program in Tanzania to improve TB detection shows promise, IRIN reports

Major effort to tackle neglected tropical diseases

Major effort to tackle neglected tropical diseases

Abbott, DNDi partner to research on new treatments for NTDs

Abbott, DNDi partner to research on new treatments for NTDs