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Leprosy-free for 12 years, India saw 79,000 new cases in 6 months of 2016

Leprosy is a slow progressive disease that damages the skin and the nervous system

Swagata Yadavar | IndiaSpend 


may have left the public discourse but it is still prevalent in India: in six months from April to September 2016, 79,000 cases were detected, according to National Profile, 2017.

is a slow progressive disease that damages the and the Caused due to infection by Mycobacterium leprae, it leads to lesions, disfigurement and loss of sensation in limbs.

had the most number of cases (13,423) but it was the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli that has the highest prevalence of 7.93 per 10,000, which means nearly 8 people in 10,000 have





Source: National Health Profile,2017


had eliminated in 2005, with prevalence rate of less than 1 per 10,000, but it still had world’s burden in 2015. It currently has a prevalence rate of 0.81 per 10,000.

Bihar (1.3), Chhattisgarh (3.54), Goa (1.1), Jharkhand (1.23), West Bengal (1.13), Odisha (1.9), Chandigarh (1.25), Delhi (1.26) and Dadra Nagar Haveli (7.93) have higher than 1 case per 10,000 showing that the disease has not been eliminated from all states.



Source: National Health Profile,2017

There were 105,564 cases of under treatment while 59,356 were discharged as cured till September 2016.

(Yadavar is principal correspondent with IndiaSpend.)
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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 18:27 IST