NEWS SIDEBAR: An overview of Hansen’s Disease, or leprosy

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c. 1999 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Leprosy, or Hansen’s Disease, infects about half a million people annually, according to the World Health Organization. About 1 million people suffer permanent disabilities from having had the disease. Researcher G.A. Hansen identified leprosy’s cause in 1873 as the mycobacterium leprae. Victims suffer skin lesions and nerve damage. […]

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