Child in California diagnosed with leprosy and another child is suspected of having the disease. abcn.ws/2cSfHdk
Cases of Hansen’s disease in the United States are rare, but they do occur, with about 100 to 200 cases typically reported each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2014, there were 175 new cases of Hansen’s disease diagnosed in the United States, and nearly three-quarters of these cases were reported in seven states: Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, New York and Texas, according to the U.S. National Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) Program.
“There’s a lot of stigma and a lot of misunderstanding about leprosy,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious-disease specialist and a senior associate at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Health Security. “In the United States, there are thousands of people” who have the disease, Adalja told Live Science. It’s estimated that, overall, about 6,500 people in the United States have Hansen’s disease, and about half of these require active medical treatment, according to the National Hansen’s Disease Program.
Thankfully, there are medical treatments available today that can effectively treat the disease.
Jesus healed the lepers, I read in Mark this morning. He has let us do the same in his love for man.
Praying for thi child’s health & recovery.