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Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy; Mycobacterium leprae)

Reportable by Providers and laboratories
Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy; Mycobacterium leprae)

Infectious agent: Mycobacterium leprae

Description of illness:  Hansen’s disease (also known as leprosy) is an infection caused by slow-growing bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae. It can affect the nerves, skin, eyes, and lining of the nose (nasal mucosa). With early diagnosis and treatment, the disease can be cured.