Leprosy makes a reappearance in Europe

Alerte sanitaire !

La lèpre réapparaît en Espagne inoculée par l'immigration. La lèpre, une maladie que nous avions oubliée depuis bien longtemps, a fait sa réapparition. La maladie est réapparue d'une manière différente, sans les léproseries ou stigmatisations inhumaines, mais avec des cas sporadiques, ce qui est le facteur le plus important du point de vue épidémiologique.

En dépit du fait que cette maladie est encore assez rare, les médecins espagnols recommandent la plus grande vigilance. La grande majorité de la population n'a jamais vu de lépreux de toute sa vie.

Mais une étude récente d’un hôpital londonien sur les maladies tropicales avertit qu'il y a retard dans la découverte d’un cas de lèpre dans 80% des cas ceci augmentant le risque pour le lésé de souffrir de graves handicaps physiques. Entre 15et 25 cas de lèpre sont diagnostiqués chaque année en Espagne. La lèpre est une maladie très contagieuse.

En 2012, 25 personnes ont contracté la maladie, et il y a plus de 450 patients dans un centre médical à Alicante. La majorité des cas en Espagne sont ceux des immigrants arrivés presque certainement avec la maladie déjà présente dans leur corps.

Health alarm! Leprosy has reappeared in Spain uninoculated by the immigration. The leprosy, a disease forgotten fora long time, has made a reappearance. The disease has appeared in a different way, without the lepers or other than human transmission, but through sporadic cases, which is a factor more important from the epidemiological standpoint.

Although this disease is still rather rare, Spanish doctors recommend the most intense vigilance. The largest majority of the population have never seen a leper.

During a recent study of a London hospital on tropical diseases, warns that there is a delay in the discovery of leprosy in 80% of the cases this increasing the risk for the infected to suffer of grave physical handicaps. Between 15 and 25 cases of lèpre are diagnosed each year in Spain. Leprosy is a very contagious disease.

In 2012, 25 people contracted the disease, and there are more than 450 patients currently in the medical center of Alicante. The majority of the cases in Spain are those of the newly arrived immigrants (read North African)in which almost certainly with the disease is already present in their bodies.

(My translation)

Leprosy (english)



Anonymous said...


TB is making a comeback also; a friend of the family is a specialist TB nurse (yes there are still medical professionals who are dedicated to this illness); we don't hear about it as we did back in the 50's and 60's due to the fact that a course of antibiotics will knock it on the head - even so, TB is evolving in a nasty way; drug resistance. Couple this with the movement of world populations either as migrants or tourists, and things become a bit more complex. Hansen's disease is likewise treatable through a course of antibiotics, but can remain dormant in the body for 20-30 years. So, if you went on that mission trip or safari holiday back in the 1990's, you may not be out of the woods. I pray that hansen's disease does not develop the same pattern of antibiotic resistance that TB has developed.

Interesting article.



Brantigny said...

Tb is very prevalent in patients of AIDs and HIV. Alomost all the Aids patients whose immunity is lowered will develope TB and or HBVa, b or c.

This is the gift that keeps on giving.