Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Leprosy Incidence

Facts about leprosy:

  • Only 100 cases are reported each year in the US. Most of these cases have been reported in the Texas, Louisiana, California, and Hawaii.
  • Most cases of leprosy in the USA develop in travelers to tropical climates who return to the USA.
  • About one-third of leprosy cases in the USA are associated with exposure to armadillos. Any handling of raw armadillo meat or consumption of cooked meat is considered a risk. Approximately 15% of armadillos in the US are thought to harbor the bacteria responsible for leprosy.
  • About 400,000 cases occur across the world each year.
  • Most cases occur in tropical or subtropical regions of the world.

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Last Updated: May 2, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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