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Unable to feel pain, the patient may suffer deformation of his or her feet as a result of continued injury and infection. If the facial nerves are affected, a person may lose the blinking reflex of the eye, which can lead to dryness, ulceration, and ultimately blindness. Bacilli at the mucous lining of the nose can cause internal damage and scarring which, in time, causes the nose to collapse. Without feeling pain, people injure themselves on fire, thorns, rocks, and even hot coffee cups.

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Injuries become infected and result in tissue loss. Fingers, toes, and limbs become shortened and deformed as the tissue is absorbed into the body. Current research shows M. Leprosy is spread primarily through close and frequent contact with untreated, infected persons, but it is NOT highly contagious.

Because the stigma associated with leprosy prevents many from seeking treatment, it is difficult to define exactly how many individuals are affected by this disease. Statistics from the World Health Organization WHO indicate that for the past few years, about , new cases of leprosy have been reported annually. In the past 20 years, 16 million people have been cured of leprosy.

Again, because of the stigma associated with the disease, many of these individuals sought treatment once the disease had progressed. It is estimated that there are about 2 million people with disabilities resulting from leprosy. Leprosy can be cured with Multidrug Therapy.

When treated in its early stages, deformation and disability can be avoided. Early diagnosis is very important! Multidrug therapy MDT is a combination of medications used to cure leprosy.

Multiple drugs are used to prevent resistance to a single medication. The treatment lasts months, but soon after beginning MDT, the patient is no longer considered contagious. MDT is safe, effective, and easy to administer in the field.

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In Dr. The disease previously was thought to have been hereditary.

The first known written mention of leprosy is dated B. Throughout history, those with leprosy have often been ostracized by their communities and families. This means reducing the number of leprosy patients in the community to very low levels, specifically below 1 in 10, People affected by leprosy are just that—individuals who happen to have leprosy. They are not defined by the disease. To this day, many are still outcast from society and stigmatized because of the disease—the curable disease—they happen to have.

A Day in a Leprosy Colony

The history of the conquest of the old Northern Region of Nigeria by the British colonial forces is not complete without the story of resistance to foreign domination in Keffi, a town made famous by the murder of its first British Resident, Captain Moloney, by the intrepid warrior, Magaji Dan Yamusa, in This triggered a chain of events which culminated in the fall of Zaria, Kano, Katsina, Yobe and Sokoto to the British by the force of arms. Embrace of a Leper relives this historic encounter, pitching the major dramatic personae in a titanic battle for supremacy. Ogezi handles his subject with unusual dramatic dexterity and candour, bereft of prejudice.

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