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Leprosy Cases Persist Despite WHO 2006 Report On Elimination Of Disease As Public Health Problem

NPR: Leprosy Is Not Quite Yet A Disease Of The Past
“…[L]eprosy seems to be a disease of the past. Indeed, in 2006, the World Health Organization issued a report on ‘elimination of leprosy as a public health problem,’ stating that the number of cases had dropped by 90 percent since 1985. But more than a decade later, leprosy persists. According to a report in The Lancet: Infectious Diseases, some 200,000 new cases, including 25,000 in children, are reported each year. About half of these new cases are in India…” (Brink, 9/16).

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