Leprosy is the chronic infectious disease well known from the biblical times. Usually targets the skin and the peripheral nerves.
It has a long incubation period and in severe cases can cause physical disabilities.
In addition to the name leprosy it is also said to be Hansen`s disease, named after Dr. G.A.HANSEN. He is the one who first recognized the bacterium causing leprosy in 1878.
Main Cause for leprosy:
Leprosy is caused by the microorganisms, mostly by the bacteria. It is caused by the acid-fast bacterium called MYCOBACTERIUM LEPRAE (a rod shaped bacteria), affecting mainly the skin, peripheral nerves and the mucous membrane.