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Leprosy in a high-prevalence Egyptian village: epidemiology and risk factors.

Authors
  • Hegazy, Aly A
  • Abdel-Hamid, Ibrahim A
  • Ahmed, El-Shahat F
  • Hammad, Sabry M
  • Hawas, Samia A
Type
Published Article
Journal
International journal of dermatology
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2002
Volume
41
Issue
10
Pages
681–686
Identifiers
PMID: 12390192
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Our study provides the first picture of the epidemiology of leprosy in a high-prevalence village in rural Egypt. Leprosy detection campaigns should be initiated and directed towards high-prevalence villages. Provision of leprosy control activities in rural health units is necessary in order to detect new cases. The risk for leprosy is associated with HLA-DR2 and -DQ1 markers, and these markers appear to increase personal susceptibility to leprosy in this village.

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