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The story of Naaman, a Syrian noble who suffered from leprosy, is an example of receptiveness to learning from others.
The federal agency that oversees the leprosy program had paid for only six of 17 regional clinics this year.
With 134 official residents, Loving is officially the second-least-populous county in the nation, behind Kalawao County, Hawaii, a tiny sliver of land that was set aside in the 1800s as a colony for people with leprosy.
Princess Diana was known for her active involvement in campaigns to raise awareness about AIDS, land mines and leprosy.
Symptoms consistent with the leprosy are described in ancient records from India, China and Greece.
These regional, outpatient clinics provide care for the estimated 6,500 U.S. residents with leprosy, now called Hansen's Disease.
In response, Hawaii's legislature passed a quarantine law in 1865 and exiled all people with leprosy to Kalaupapa.
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.
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LEPROSY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of leprosy for English Language Learners
medical : a serious disease that causes painful rough areas on the skin and that badly damages nerves and flesh
medical Definition of leprosy
- 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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