It is the oldest bacterial disease known to mankind. Leprosy was recognized in the ancient civilizations of China, Egypt and India. The first known written mention of leprosy is dated 600 BC. Throughout history, the afflicted have often been ostracized by their communities and families.
The patient develops light colored patch or patches on the body with loss of sensation to touch, hot, cold & pain Skin lesions are lighter than normal skin color. Lesions do not heal after several weeks to months
The patch can be red with thick raised shiny areas. There can be associated tingling and numbness on hands & feet. Loss of sensation can lead to.
Access to information, diagnosis and treatment with multidrug therapy (MDT) remain key elements in the strategy to eliminate the disease as a public health problem. Leprosy has been eliminated from 119 countries.