Unsure on what leprosy is or how it affects people? Take a look at our frequently asked questions:

What is leprosy?

Leprosy is a communicable disease caused by bacteria which affects the skin and nerves of children, women and men.

How does it occur?

When a person infected by leprosy coughs or sneezes the bacteria enter the air and if the healthy person inhales the air where the bacteria is present, then infection can occur.

Can I get leprosy?

Most people cannot get leprosy. Out of 100 people only 3 will develop any signs. Healthy individuals will usually only be at risk if their immune status is compromised.

How many people have leprosy? Is it really that big of a problem?

Globally nearly 214,000 new leprosy cases are detected every year of which India contributes 60% of the burden. The actual numbers should be much higher since many people are not diagnosed.

How does someone know whether they have leprosy?

The person affected by leprosy may develop skin patches without sensation and the nerves maybe thickened. People with these symptoms have to be examined by trained health staff for diagnosis of leprosy. Skin patches can be tested with a ball point pen to see if any sensation can be felt. 

Can leprosy be prevented? 

At present, there is no vaccine for leprosy. 

How is leprosy cured? 

MDT (multi-drug therapy) is the free treatment available for persons affected with leprosy. 

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