Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hansen's Disease Transmission

Facts about leprosy transmission:

  • It is not understood how the bacteria are spread from person to person.
  • Close physical contact is necessary to spread the disease.
  • Children are more susceptible to infection than adults.
  • Symptoms of leprosy may not begin until 6 to 8 years after infection.
  • People with leprosy are not contagious after one week of treatment.

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Last Updated: Mar 24, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Hansen's Disease References
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  2. Le Grand A. Women and leprosy: a review. Lepr Rev. 1997 Sep;68(3):203-11. [9364820]
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