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Leprosy in Children.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This manuscript aims to review the cutting-edge developments regarding to the diagnosis, management, and prevention of leprosy in children.

RECENT FINDINGS: Leprosy transmission still occurs continuously in some endemic areas in the world. Leprosy in children below 15 years old is a robust indicator of active source of infection in the community where they live. A special focus on children to reduce disabilities and reduce transmission is one of the core areas of interventions of the global leprosy strategy 2016-2020. Ongoing research is trying to develop better diagnostic tests and to advance chemoprophylaxis and immunoprophylaxis approaches. Early diagnosis in children can be hard because of the wide range of clinical aspects of the skin lesions and mainly due to the difficulty of performing the clinical peripheral nerve evaluation. We must maintain leprosy expertise and improve the health professionals training for leprosy diagnosis, since we still have a long journey to reach leprosy elimination.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Barreto JG
Frade MAC
Bernardes Filho F
Silva MB
Spencer JS
Salgado CG
Year of Publication
2017
Journal
Current infectious disease reports
Volume
19
Issue
6
Number of Pages
23
Language
eng
ISSN Number
1523-3847
DOI
10.1007/s11908-017-0577-6
Alternate Journal
Curr Infect Dis Rep
Publication Language
eng