Current status of leprosy: Epidemiology, basic science and clinical perspectives

@article{Suzuki2012CurrentSO,
  title={Current status of leprosy: Epidemiology, basic science and clinical perspectives},
  author={Koichi Suzuki and Takeshi Akama and Akira Kawashima and Aya Yoshihara and Rie Roselyne Yotsu and Norihisa Ishii},
  journal={The Journal of Dermatology},
  year={2012},
  volume={39}
}
Leprosy has affected humans for millennia and remains an important health problem worldwide, as evidenced by nearly 250 000 new cases detected every year. It is a chronic infectious disorder, caused by Mycobacterium leprae, that primarily affects the skin and peripheral nerves. Recent advances in basic science have improved our knowledge of the disease. Variation in the cellular immune response is the basis of a range of clinical manifestations. The introduction of multidrug therapy has… 
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