January 31 is World Leprosy Day. For most people, it’s not exactly a day to celebrate. For nurses, it’s a great reminder of medical advances and inspires us to serve our patients in all situations. Here are the top three things you need to know:
Leprosy Today Is Very Rare
In fact, there were just 63 recorded cases in the US in 2015. However, that number is significantly higher in developing countries. Some estimates range as high as 214,000 new cases in 2014, more than half of which were in India. Although the disease is spread by close contact, it can be quickly diagnosed and treated with antibiotics.
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