Doctor Warns Of Leprosy In Los Angeles

Leprosy, a deadly disease from the middle ages has re-emerged threatening a number of homeless people in Los Angeles.

According to the CDC, between 100 and 200 new cases of leprosy are annually reported in the U.S., Dr. Marc Siegel, a professor of medicine and medical director at Doctor Radio at NYU Langone Health, wrote in The Hill.

Dr. Siegel added a USC study discovered that most of the 187 patients with leprosy who were treated at its clinic between 1973 to 2018 came from Mexico where the disease is widespread.

He also noted that leprosy remains more prevalent in Central and South America with over 20,000 new cases diagnosed annually.

“Given that, there is certainly the possibility of sporadic cases of leprosy continuing to be brought across our southern border undetected,” Dr. Siegel said.

The occurrence lead Dr. Siegel to issue a warning that the contagious disease that is spread by respiratory secretions and nasal droplets in close proximities will soon affect nearly 60,000 homeless people, 75 percent of whom lack temporary shelter or enough hygiene and medical care, in Los Angeles.

The Daily Mail reported that leprosy or also known as Hansen’s disease, affecting 250,000 people worldwide yearly, is caused by the bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae. It attacks the nerves in the body, thus results to the ‘peeling’ characteristic of the skin as per the CDC.

If the disease is left untreated, it could progress to paralysis of the hands and feet.

“I am much more concerned about the permanent disabilities that come with leprosy — given that 2 million to 3 million people are affected worldwide — than I am with the associated stigma,” Dr. Siegel said.

Leprosy occurring among the homeless in L.A. is a certain formula for instant public panic, he added.

Yet another epidemic transpired with the spiraling homeless problem in Los Angeles – typhus…..

https://www.medicaldaily.com/leprosy-los-angeles-update-doctor-issues-warning-442169

One thought on “Doctor Warns Of Leprosy In Los Angeles

  1. Sister Marcia, this is very bad news which is happening because our porous Southern Border over the years that our Congress ignored or passed the buck on while they were busy wheeling and dealing with countries down south the border allowing for a lack of quarantine and hygiene with regard to people coming into America from places with highly infectious diseases! What stupidity with all the good our country did during the 1900’s to eradicate polio, TB, typhoid fever, measles and a host of illnesses to then just let things go the way they have, people like Nancy Pelosi should be locked up with a large portion of the Congress for dereliction of their oath of office and severe criminal negligence! Just watch the enormous cost and loss of life if these illnesses run rampant and turn into a pandemic! The costs will far exceed building 100 border walls! And why is all this happening; SIN!

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