ATTENTION: 719 Alarming Fresh Cases of LEPROSY in India!

Eradicating Leprosy has been a long time battle in India.

Since 2005, although gradually decreasing the disease  statistics, Leprosy remains.

Leprosy is caused by Myobacterium leprae which affects the nerves of the extremities, lining of the nose and the upper respiratory tract.

Disturbing new number of Leprosy cases have already ballooned to 719 new patients in November 2017 which contributes to 63% of the world’s total cases according to a report by WHO.

The World Health organization strategizes to eliminate Leprosy by 2020. However, with these new cases rapidly increasing, a much effective policy seems to be needed now more than ever.

Leprosy can spread through mucus and droplets which can be heavily communicable; public awareness about the disease is certainly important.

Delayed attention to the disease could lead to:

  • disfigurement

  • hair loss, particularly on the eyebrows and eyelashes

  • muscle weakness

  • permanent nerve damage in the arms and legs

  • inability to use the hands and feet

  • chronic nasal congestion, nosebleeds, and collapse of the nasal septum

  • iritis (inflammation of the iris of the eye)

  • glaucoma (an eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve)

  • blindness

  • erectile dysfunction and infertility

  • kidney failure

 

Prevention is always better than cure. Although Leprosy is treatable, avoiding the disease would be better.

“The best way to prevent leprosy is to avoid long-term, close contact with an untreated, infected person,” according to Health Line.

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Posted by Clarisse Javier