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About 3300 people in the United States need care for leprosy, also known as Hansen disease, which can damage nerves and the eyes, discolor skin, and cause disfigurement if untreated.
Hansen’s discovery provided the other name for leprosy, Hansen’s disease.
Still, more than a century later, relatively little is known about leprosy.
For centuries, leprosy had been thought to be a punishment from God, and people hated and feared those whose bodies were marked by the disease.
Other major causes Princess Diana was invested in included dispelling the stigma around leprosy and working toward an international ban on land mines.
From a museum dedicated to the rowdy escapades of the Vikings to an institution focused on the chilling history of leprosy, Norway is filled with museums devoted to different aspects of its unique history.
To prove his point, Kupfer studied reactions to images of leprosy, smallpox and measles, which show up as small bumps and clusters on the skin.
When Diana died, the world lost not only a beloved figure, but a dedicated philanthropist and humanitarian: among many other causes, Diana went against palace wishes to connect with HIV/AIDS patients and people with leprosy.
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Origin and Etymology of leprosy
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
LEPROSY Defined for English Language Learners
medical : a serious disease that causes painful rough areas on the skin and that badly damages nerves and flesh
- About 12 million people worldwide have leprosy, a disfiguring, chronic infection that damages nerves, skin, eyes, and mucous membranes.
- —Harvard Health Letter, February 1998
- The good news is that leprosy is relatively easy to diagnose and cure. It is caused by the microbe Mycobacterium leprae, which produces telltale symptoms of enlarged nerves and light-coloured patches of numb skin on a patient's face or extremities.
- —Bryn Nelson, New Scientist, 16 July 2005
- Leprosy is actually the least infectious of the major communicable diseases.
- —Sandra Dallas, Business Week, 1 Mar. 1999
- Leprosy … is progressive and causes the growth of widely distributed lumps on the skin and thickening of the skin and nerves. Severe cases are characterized by muscle weakness and paralysis.
- —Insight, 22 Dec. 1986
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