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What Happens When You Get Leprosy?

What Happens When You Get Leprosy?

Many associate leprosy with colonies of lepers with missing limbs, but is this disease really ‘flesh eating’? Trace breaks it down here.

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How Armadillos Can Spread Leprosy

“Last week, officials in eastern Florida announced the emergence of three new cases of leprosy-the ancient, highly stigmatized disease once handled by isolation-in the last five months. And two of those cases have been linked to contact with the armored, strangely cute critter endemic to the American south: armadillos.”

2 California Kids Likely Have Leprosy

“You might think of leprosy as a Biblical-era disease, but it’s still around-now known as Hansen’s disease-and two schoolchildren in California’s Riverside County likely have it. As LiveScience reports, Hansen’s disease is rare in the U.S., with just 100 to 200 cases reported in a typical year, and it’s not clear where the children may have caught it.”

When the Last Patient Dies

“Kalaupapa, Hawaii, is a former leprosy colony that’s still home to several of the people who were exiled there through the 1960s. Once they all pass away, the federal government wants to open up the isolated peninsula to tourism. But at what cost?”

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