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Stigma Surrounding Leprosy In Africa Propels Spread Of Disease

Agence France-Presse: Fear and ignorance fuel spread of leprosy in Africa
“…Between 200 and 300 new cases of leprosy are reported each year in Senegal but doctors believe that only a small proportion of patients are detected. … World Leprosy Day — a period of three days, in fact, aimed at raising awareness of the disease — begins on Friday and organizers hope to communicate the message that, despite more than 200,000 new cases being detected in 2012, it can be eradicated” (Froissart, 1/24).

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