Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy)

Report within 24 hours of Diagnosis to the Local Health Department.

Hansen’s disease, also known as leprosy, is an infection caused by bacteria. The infection usually involves the skin and nerves, but can affect other body tissues such as the eye, respiratory tract, muscles, bone, and testes. Hansens’s disease spreads from an infected person to another through the respiratory tract. The disease is not common in the United States and infections are usually among those who were exposed in other countries.

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Last Reviewed: 5/5/2017