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Leprosy & Hansen’s Disease: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Leprosy or Hansen’s disease is a chronic, infectious disease that mainly affects the skin, mucous membranes, and nerves.  A rod shaped bacillus named Mycobacterium leprea, causes the virus.  Mycobacterium leprea is very similar to the bacillus that causes tuberculosis.  The reason Leprosy is also known as Hansen’s disease, is because it was first identified in…