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Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) – Introduction (For professionals)

  • Leprosy has struck fear into human beings for thousands of years. Since ancient times, leprosy has been regarded as a highly contagious, mutilating and incurable disease and this has led to an intense negative reaction from the community – many of whom dread the people afflicted with leprosy more than the disease itself.
  • However, with the advent of drugs that can cure leprosy, the social picture of leprosy has gradually changed over the past decades. It is now regarded more rationally as a public health problem, and patients are now being treated in the general health services alongside other diseases.



Adapted from Dr Seow Chew Swee: Update on Leprosy

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