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Challenges beyond elimination in leprosy.

Abstract

Every year >200,000 new leprosy cases are registered globally. This number has been fairly stable over the past 8 years. The World Health Organization has set a target to interrupt the transmission of leprosy globally by 2020. It is important, in terms of global action and research activities, to consider the eventuality of multidrug therapy (MDT) resistance developing. It is necessary to measure disease burden comprehensively, and contact-centered preventive interventions should be part of a global elimination strategy. Drug resistance is the reduction in effectiveness of a drug such as an antimicrobial or an antineoplastic in curing a disease or condition. MDT has proven to be a powerful tool in the control of leprosy, especially when patients report early and start prompt treatment. Adherence to and its successful completion is equally important. This paper has reviewed the current state of leprosy worldwide and discussed the challenges and also emphasizes the challenge beyond the elimination in leprosy.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Naaz F
Mohanty PS
Bansal AK
Kumar D
Gupta UD
Year of Publication
2017
Journal
International journal of mycobacteriology
Volume
6
Issue
3
Number of Pages
222-228
Language
eng
ISSN Number
2212-554X
DOI
10.4103/ijmy.ijmy_70_17
Alternate Journal
Int J Mycobacteriol
Publication Language
eng