US faces the return of LEPROSY

Alexandra Thompson – Daily Mail Sept 9, 2019

A homeless encampment off a Hollywood freeway ramp. Infectious diseases, some that ravaged populations in the Middle Ages, are resurgent in California and around the country. Doctors warn that in such conditions Leprosy could reappear. Click to enlarge

A leprosy outbreak could soon hit homeless populations in the US, a doctor has warned.

Dr Marc Siegel, of New York University’s Langone Health, fears it is just a ‘matter of time’ before the bacterial disease strikes.

He pointed to Los Angeles County as being particularly at risk, with almost 60,000 people sleeping rough in the area.

Although leprosy is not particularly contagious, the combination of poor hygiene, a lack of shelter and inaccessible medical treatment among the homeless creates a ‘perfect cauldron’ for the disease, Dr Siegel said.

Left untreated, the infection can cause blindness or permanent disability – a ‘sure recipe for instant public panic’.

Dr Siegel is speaking amid the re-emergence of ‘Middle Ages’ diseases’ in the US, with LA also experiencing a typhus outbreak at the beginning of the year.

Leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, affects 250,000 people worldwide every year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Two thirds of these cases are in India, which is home to one third of the world’s poorest people, Dr Siegel wrote in The Hill.

Central and South America have more than 20,000 new incidences a year, with ‘sporadic cases continuing to be brought across our southern border undetected’, he added.

Even in developed countries like the US, 150 people are diagnosed with leprosy every year, CDC statistics show.

Once thought to be highly contagious, leprosy is actually hard to spread and easy to treat once diagnosed.

A study by the University of Southern California looked at 187 leprosy patients between 1973 and 2018.

Scientists found an average three year delay in diagnosis, by which time side effects, some of which were irreversible, had already taken hold.

Dr Siegel worries LA’s homeless population, of which three quarters lack medical treatment, would be particularly vulnerable.

‘It seems only a matter of time before leprosy could take hold among the homeless population in an area such as Los Angeles County,’ he wrote.

‘[It has] close to 60,000 homeless people, [of which] 75 per cent lack even temporary shelter or adequate hygiene and medical treatment.

‘All of those factors make a perfect cauldron for a contagious disease.’

Dr Siegel claims he is most concerned about the permanent disabilities leprosy can cause, rather than its stigma.

But he added: ‘Leprosy appearing among the homeless in LA is a sure recipe for instant public panic.

The bacteria behind the infection, Mycobacterium leprae, attacks nerves in the body, which can lead to the characteristic ‘peeling’ skin.

Untreated, this can cause paralysis of the hands and feet. A lack of sensation in the body may also lead to multiple injuries, with damaged fingers and toes even being reabsorbed by the body.

Eye ulcers and blindness can occur if the facial nerves are affected.

Dr Siegel’s concerns come after typhus swept LA County, infecting a city hall prosecutor and more than 100 others.

Officials recorded 124 cases of the disease in the county last year, with the homeless being particularly hard hit. Just 67 cases were recorded in 2017.

Flea-borne typhus occurs when faeces from an infected insect come into contact with a person’s cut or gets rubbed into their eyes.

These fleas often live on feral cats and rats who are attracted to areas with rubbish on the streets.


4 responses to “US faces the return of LEPROSY”

  1. here is the UK the British medical mags like the Practitioner the Lancet the BMJ and Hospital mag all bragged some years ago that Tubercolosis was beaten and eradicated in the UK
    But now we have foreign migrants people trafficked into the UK by corrupt governments
    who have brought in Russian TB, which is highly contagious and a killer
    Those politicians who in 2 world wars said we had to keep out foreigners
    then imported them in by the milion after the wars, should be dragged out of retirement and shot

  2. All disease is due to toxemia, so leprosy is just another indication of horrible health. I can only imagine the diet of lots of the homeless… alcohol and drugs, all poison.

  3. Big embarrassing problem. Introducing updates diseases to the homeless makes sense to a corrupt elite. 6 million black people disappeared from the US in the 1930s. US population, 130 million.

  4. 187 cases of leprosy in L.A. homeless camps just recently diagnosed with Leprosy . . . (Hansen’s disease) is spread from person to person. This spread can occur with direct person-to-person contact and/or by contaminated droplets that are released during coughing or sneezing. Individuals who inhale the contaminated droplets can develop leprosy.” –