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Almost 9 of new leprosy cases detected in children under 14 years

In 2014 a total of 213,899 new cases of leprosy were reported, according to the latest data available from the World Health Organization (WHO) of 8.8 percent was recorded in under 14 years, which means that many suffer disabilities that will keep for life.Leprosy is a chronic disease of bacterial origin that primarily affects the skin and peripheral nerves. If not detected and treated early, causes progressive damage that lead to deformities or permanent disability.The global burden of disease is maintained over the previous year, when 215,656 new cases were recorded, according to data compiled by the NGO Anesvad occasion of World Leprosy Day being celebrated this Sunday, January 31.However, Fontilles Association, another NGO working for over a hundred years in addressing this disease does, believes that many more are affected because there are many countries that do not reveal the data because their governments do not wish to be linked with disease or not have a national health system effectively collect these statistics.

Almost 9 of new leprosy cases detected in children under 14 years