Fortunately only about 3% of humans are genetically susceptible to leprosy (Hansen's disease) and it is NOT extremely contagious. Treatment usually works well if patients will take their pills and start treatment before significant nerve damage occurs. The meds are supplied free in US, but the meds mainly used are old inexpensive ones affordable even in the third world. It has quite varied presentations and can be difficult to diagnose clinically, but once you think of the diagnosis a biopsy will usually confirm it. I've seen a few cases of it. It had been on the short list of medical problems the Feds listed as grounds to deny permission to immigrate; I'm not sure whether it still is so listed.
Fortunately only about 3% of humans are genetically susceptible to leprosy
Do you know if there is an ethnic/racial profile of susceptibility? Or is that such a politically incorrect question that researchers haven't been allowed to study it or publish study results?
I should add that what we now call leprosy is NOT what was called that in the Bible. There is no evidence that it was present in the middle east yet in biblical times, although it probably was in India already. Hansen's disease can affect bones in unique ways and the archaeological record is clear on this. There was a lot of it in medieval Europe. Hansen finally found the cause in Norway in the latter 1800s. What was called "leprosy" in the bible was probably several, now distinct, conditions with prominent skin manifestations, such as the common disease we now call psoriasis. Hansen's disease, absent adequate timely treatment, certainly can be a life ruining, disfiguring disease, but it has been treatable for 60 years. People with it are truly innocent victims who did nothing unusual to cause it, unlike some of the more PC current day infections. They deserve sympathy and treatment, not bad jokes better fitting the DU than Free Republic.
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