MAJ urges citizens not to panic with cases of leprosy in the region

With reported cases of leprosy in the Caribbean, the Medical Association of Jamaica, (MAJ), is urging citizens to be vigilant, but not to panic.

Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is a chronic infectious disease.

It affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosal surfaces of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes.

Concerns have been raised about the disease, as cases have been detected in Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and St. Lucia.

Speaking with Irie Fm News, MAJ President, Dr. Leslie Meade explained that for leprosy to be transmitted, there must be long contact.

He said because people travel often, it is likely the disease could spread.

He noted that medical doctors should be alert and note any signs that may indicate that a patient has leprosy.

Dr. Meade said persons should also practice good hygiene, to help prevent the spread of leprosy.


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