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Leprosy (Hansen's disease)

Leprosy is a bacterial disease of the skin and nervous system caused by Mycobacterium leprae. The two main types of leprosy are called lepromatous and tuberculoid. Tuberculoid leprosy is not related to tuberculosis.

General information

Leprosy fact sheet - Hmong - Spanish    
Atypical mycobacteria, non-TB

Information for health professionals

This is a Wisconsin Disease Surveillance Category II disease: 
Report to the patient's local public health department electronically, through the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS), by mail or fax using an Acute and Communicable Disease Case Report F-44151 or by other means within 72 hours upon recognition of a case.
Information on Communicable Disease Reporting

Wisconsin case reporting and public health follow-up guidelines: Leprosy EpiNet    
US Hansen's disease or Leprosy Surveillance Form

Additional resources

National Hansen's Disease program  (Exit DHS)   

Contacts

Wisconsin Local Health Departments - Regional offices - Tribal agencies

Last Revised: March 04, 2014