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[Media Watch] From boat racing to the love of leprosy elimination

19:13 EST 18 Feb 2020 | The Lancet

As a child growing up in a village in India, I have seen people begging outside temples who only had stubs of hands and feet, caused by the enervating disease leprosy. India declared prematurely that it had eliminated leprosy in 2005, but the nation has documented the return of this disfiguring infectious disease in early 2009. WHO states that 208 619 new leprosy cases were registered globally in 2018, even though the prevalence rate is less than one in 10 000 people around the world. According to WHO, about 60% of the total global new cases of leprosy in 2015 were from India.

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