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Hansen's disease (also known as leprosy) is a long-lasting infection caused by bacteria.

The disease was once feared as a highly contagious and devastating disease. Now, however, the disease is very rare and easily treated. Early diagnosis and treatment usually prevent disability related to the disease.

A photomicrograph of Mycobacterium leprae taken from a leprosy skin lesion.

Hansen's Disease Topics

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How do people get Hansen's Disease?

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Who is at risk?

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What are the signs and symptoms?

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How is it treated?

 

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