Half of all leprosy cases are falling below the radar—meaning that millions of people are missing out on diagnosis and treatment, according to a PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases study.
Declared virtually eliminated 15 years ago, WHO reports 200,000-300,000 new leprosy cases annually. But new research led by University of Aberdeen’s William Cairns Smith shows that the actual count of missed cases is likely double—and the “confusing way of defining” elimination doesn’t help.
One issue: achieving the elimination goal—getting the rate of people being treated for leprosy to under 1 in 10,000—“created a false sense of success,” says the Leprosy Mission’s Gareth Shrubsole—and limited health funds went elsewhere.
Source: The Guardian