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Memorandum on leprosy: 2012 report

Memorandum on leprosy 2012 PHE


HPA, now part of Public Health England

Publication date: December 2012



Leprosy is an uncommon disease in England and Wales, yet it remains an important disease globally with 250,000 cases diagnosed annually. Its importance lies in the need for early diagnosis and expert treatment and support, both for those with active disease and for those who are physically, psychologically, or socially affected by it.

The objectives of this memorandum are to provide information to both clinicians and consultants in communicable disease control (CCDCs) involved in notifying and managing a case of leprosy. The memorandum draws on the best available evidence together with the specialist knowledge of the Panel of Leprosy Opinion.


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This document was re-issued with PHE contact details in May 2013.

Last reviewed: 8 May 2013