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Does it kill you?[edit]

All this is good stuff, but the article says nothing about whether or not this will kill you or often it does kill people, or how long it takes to kill someone. How many survive to live a normal lifespan? Can someone get better on their own? How successful are the various treatments?

I'm not a doctor, so I have no clue. But that is what I came to this article for and was expecting to see. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:08, 25 January 2012 (UTC)

It needn't mention it, because it's not an issue. Tom W (talk) 19:04, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

That's a rather dismissive statement and not helpful to lay readers at all. It's also not accurate. — QuicksilverT @ 00:03, 7 March 2016 (UTC)

Leprosy in India[edit]

Numbers are completely off, there are still more than 100,000 infections each year. [1] (talk) 20:39, 18 November 2012 (UTC)


New fast test available in 2013[edit]

Did I overlook the initial symptoms of extremity numbness, eye tearing? (talk) 14:34, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

Treatment available in Romania[edit]

The statement ”Although the forced quarantine or segregation of patients is unnecessary in places where adequate treatments are available, many leper colonies still remain around the world in countries such as” is incorrect for Romania and, I suspect, for a number of the other listed countries as well. The people who still live in Tichilești (the former leper colony in Romania) only do so now because, having lived with leprosy for so long before treatment was available, don't have anything left outside that community. The problem is lack of social integration; the statement implies that leprosy treatment is unavailable in Romania and that patients are unnecessarily isolated, which is false.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Merge transmission and Pathophysiology?[edit]

The Pathophysiology section appears to me (as a lay reader) to extend the transmission information and make that section redundant.

Also the opening sentence of the Pathophysiology is contradicted by the rest of the information in the paragraph (ie there is not definitive information about how transmission happens)

Is someone with more subject knowledge able to comment please?

Im a teapot (talk) 12:59, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

It is still unclear how leprosy is transmitted. --Whsf (talk) 18:31, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Done merged. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 20:09, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

The pathophysiology section has reappeared with a single line which makes no sense. Should be deleted Drsoumyadeepb (talk) 11:01, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

The question is what is the mechanism between the infection and the symptoms which is the pathophysiology. Yes it could be expanded upon. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 06:44, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

Clarification request[edit]

This part of the first paragraph is a little unclear to me:

Contrary to folklore, leprosy does not cause body parts to fall off, although they can become numb or diseased as a result of secondary infections; these occur as a result of the body's defenses being compromised by the primary disease.[4][5] Secondary infections, in turn, can result in tissue loss causing fingers and toes to become shortened and deformed, as cartilage is absorbed into the body.[4][5][6]

The article is accompanied by photographs of people with stumps where their fingers should be. This seems to confirm the basic idea of the folklore: that leprosy causes its victims to lose parts of their fingers. So how precisely is the folklore incorrect? Is it that the fingers do not "fall off", they shrink? Or is it that the "tissue loss" is not caused by the primary disease?

Currently it reads like the result of several rounds of quibling editing. Could someone with more understanding of the topic please rewrite so as to make it more precise, more informative, and less argumentative?

Chappell (talk) 19 August 2013

(cut from) Signs and symptoms[edit]

This is all very interesting (below) but doesn't list the symptoms. It lists a single external sign; but nothing about what the patient experiences during early onset, established disease and later symptoms. This is a very poor article in this regard. (posted by User:Stonelaughter)

Moses as a leper?[edit]

In the section regarding the Torah, it cites an Exodus passage that shows God showing a sign for Moses to use if neccessary, in which his hand would temporarily become full of leprosy. But the article, giving no details about it, almost makes it seem as if Moses himself was a leper. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:46, 21 December 2013 (UTC) But in the quran it says that Mose put hand in his shirt had came out with no disease — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:57, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

95% naturally immune[edit]

Neither of the sources given seem to support the claim that "95% of people are naturally immune". The sources should either be updated or the claim removed.

Edit: Here is a source I found that is relevant — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:08, 8 March 2014 (UTC) (talk) 20:58, 12 January 2015 (UTC) I also take the view that it is not 95% immunity but weakening as demonstrated 'extensive reduction of its genome,' It may well be that we all have leprosy to a underlying extent. I also believe the 'eye tearing' is indicative and a form of cytitis is noted in the article.

Removed poor source. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 13:40, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

Possible cause for development of Leprosy bacteria[edit]

Recent information shows that consuming fermented, rotten, stale food can develop bacteria (bacteria Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium lepromatosis) right in entrails itself and they then enter in body system finally causing infection of the disease. That may be the reason why we see that most lepers are found in communities who are very poor. Habit of eating fermented, rotten or stale food regularly such as Idli in India and bread in other parts of the world is responsible for this disease. Particularly stale idli, bread if consumed regularly that causes development of these bacteria. It may explain why poor localities find lepers more than in better placed societies.If this information which is still in development stage is found correct; we maybe able to control this disease by avoiding consumption of fermented food. Pathare Prabhu (talk) 13:17, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

Ref needed Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 13:40, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

United States[edit]

Lists symptoms of infection rather than United States specific information, which are not cited and differing from the original symptoms section and endemic area section. First paragraph should be integrated into more appropriate section and symptoms if true moved to proper section.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Sjwmcguire (talkcontribs) 02:23, November 25, 2014‎ (UTC)

B-class, top-importance article[edit]

Hi, everyone,

Who watching this page is interested in building up this Leprosy article to good article status and eventually featured article status? I see this article had a huge one-day spike in page views recently, which boosted its ranking for the entire year of 2014, but even with fewer page views, the article important rationale is strong, so how about boosting the quality of the article by referring to more reliable sources on medicine? Who would find this interesting do for 2015? -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 17:49, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Article name and infobox entry[edit]

I see other editors are editing the infobox at the head of the article back and forth between alternate terms for the name of the disease that is the topic of this article. This issue ought to be easy to resolve. Articles about medical topics (broadly construed) on Wikipedia ought to be edited according to the Wikipedia content guideline on reliable sources about medicine. Medical doctors have systems for naming and classifying diseases, and whatever the reference books about those systems of disease classification say about this disease should make clear what the official name of the disease is (which is what to put in the infobox). Of course, the first sentence of the lede paragraph of the article should refer to all the commonly used names by which someone might be looking up this article, and there should be appropriate redirects from other terms to point to how this article is named (an issue distinct, perhaps, from what to put in the infobox). The infobox should definitely follow the medical reference sources, period. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 14:57, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Yes Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 18:53, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Not what article says[edit]

"India has officially been declared a leprosy-free zone.[1]"

But article says "Recently India announced it had "eliminated" leprosy. That is a pretty bold statement. If something is eliminated you might expect it not to be there any more. But, according to a target set by the World Health Organization, elimination simply means there is now fewer than one case in every 10,000 people. Given India's vast population, this means there are more than a 150,000 new cases each year - 150,000 people each with their own story of leprosy."

That is not how the word free is used in English. Thus this sentence is misleading. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 13:45, 13 June 2015 (UTC)


  1. ^ Walsh F (2007-03-31). "The hidden suffering of India's lepers". BBC News. 

Names behind the cure[edit]

Unfortunately, Wikipedia is silent on the names of people who developed the treatment of leprosy that allows those afflicted to lead normal lives — Dr. Thomas Herald Rea (1929 – 7 February 2016) and Dr. Robert Modlin. See the articles in the Porterville Recorder and the Los Angeles Times on the occasion of Dr. Rea's death. Also see an article on the occasion of Dr. Rea's retirement in 2012, The Star — Radiating The Light of Truth on Hansen’s Disease, January – June 2012 Volume 64–13, page 3 (PDF). — QuicksilverT @ 00:03, 7 March 2016 (UTC)

What about Dr Paul Brand ?[edit]

"He was the first physician to appreciate that leprosy did not cause the rotting away of tissues, but that it was the loss of the sensation of pain which made sufferers susceptible to injury." --Jerome Potts (talk) 15:15, 3 September 2016 (UTC)