Hansen’s disease Fact sheet, July 2015

(2015) Hansen’s disease Fact sheet, July 2015. Public Health, Department of

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Abstract

Hansen’s disease (commonly referred to as Leprosy) is a chronic disease due to an infection with a bacterium similar to the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. The main targets are the skin and nerves, though other organs can be involved. If not treated, the nerves are attacked and patients may be unable to feel pain when they get injured or burn themselves. The resulting wound may lead to ulcers. In addition, muscle weakness and paralysis may occur. Serious disabilities such as deformities may occur. However, prompt and appropriate treatment prevents most of these complications.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Hansen’s disease, fact sheet, public health
Subjects: Health and medicine
Health and medicine > Diseases
Health and medicine > Public health
ID Code: 31841
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 09 Apr 2020 16:15
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2020 16:15
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/31841