Greece reports first case of leprosy

(ORDO NEWS) — In Greece, a woman fell ill with a rare medieval disease – leprosy. This is reported by the Ministry of Health of the country.

“Currently, a 65-year-old patient with this disease is being treated in Greece, her condition is good. All persons in contact with her are under active monitoring for symptoms,” the ministry said in a statement.

According to doctors, despite “its bad reputation”, this disease is treated with antibiotics.

“It is very important to detect symptoms in time and start treatment,” the Greek Ministry of Health noted.

They stressed that leprosy “is not very contagious, and patients who start treatment can continue their normal activities.”

Greek doctors say that similar incidents have already taken place in the country and “were successfully eliminated.”

Hansen’s disease, leprosy or leprosy, is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium Leprae. It is a slowly developing disease that can cause damage to the skin, eyes, and nerve tissue.

The incubation period can last from a year, on average up to 5-7 years. However, there are also 20-year periods.


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