Leprosy

What is Leprosy?

Leprosy is a chronic infection caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae. It affects the skin, the peripheral nerves and the upper part of the airway, or the testes. It is transmitted by prolonged contact, usually through aerosols containing the nasal secretions, or droplets from these fluids. However, 95% of people are naturally immune to the infection. It can also be transmitted from mother to child via the placenta.

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Global funding for neglected disease research reaches a record high

Global funding for neglected disease research reaches a record high

Deadly infection in cystic fibrosis could be curbed with combination medication

Deadly infection in cystic fibrosis could be curbed with combination medication

Study shows non-TB lung infections rising; more in women and older people

Study shows non-TB lung infections rising; more in women and older people

Novartis announces strategy to broaden patient reach and availability of medicines in sub-Saharan Africa

Novartis announces strategy to broaden patient reach and availability of medicines in sub-Saharan Africa

Scientists review benefits and challenges of using film in public health research

Scientists review benefits and challenges of using film in public health research

Researchers develop new method to accurately identify nontuberculous mycobacteria

Researchers develop new method to accurately identify nontuberculous mycobacteria

Cancer drug could be used to treat brain aneurysms, shows research

Cancer drug could be used to treat brain aneurysms, shows research

Medical students improve Wikipedia articles on skin-related diseases

Medical students improve Wikipedia articles on skin-related diseases

A very old antibiotic shows promise in treating fatal form of breast cancer

A very old antibiotic shows promise in treating fatal form of breast cancer

Mayo clinic researchers discuss local case studies of leprosy

Mayo clinic researchers discuss local case studies of leprosy

Researchers discover promising new compound against Buruli ulcer

Researchers discover promising new compound against Buruli ulcer

Slime in showerheads could harbour dangerous lung bacteria finds study

Slime in showerheads could harbour dangerous lung bacteria finds study

New ReFRAME drug repurposing collection offers hope for treating major diseases

New ReFRAME drug repurposing collection offers hope for treating major diseases

Effective vaccines for world's most prevalent infectious diseases are missing from pipeline

Effective vaccines for world's most prevalent infectious diseases are missing from pipeline

Scientists uncover genes responsible for drug resistance in Leprosy bacterium

Scientists uncover genes responsible for drug resistance in Leprosy bacterium

Genome analysis reveals leprosy's origin and drug resistance

Genome analysis reveals leprosy's origin and drug resistance

WHO marching toward extraordinary progress against neglected tropical diseases, report reveals

WHO marching toward extraordinary progress against neglected tropical diseases, report reveals

Archaeologist discovers 800-year-old genomes from bacterial infection in Byzantine skeleton

Archaeologist discovers 800-year-old genomes from bacterial infection in Byzantine skeleton

NTM lung infections

NTM lung infections

Virginia Tech scientists solve structure of enzyme that deactivates important antibiotic

Virginia Tech scientists solve structure of enzyme that deactivates important antibiotic