Leprosy Still Claiming Victims

Thursday, 03 Jul 2014 02:34 PM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Leprosy may be the oldest infectious disease to strike human beings, with origins dating back millions of years, but it continues to surprise and confound doctors and medical scientists, The New York Times reports. 
 
The illness can now readily be cured through antibiotics, yet the basic nature of the microbial culprit — a waxy, rod-shaped actor called Mycobacterium leprae — is still being sketched out. New research suggests that the leprosy parasite is both rugged and feeble, exacting and inept.
 
One research group suggests the pathogen has remarkable persistence, which is why it has been around so long. Yet scientists have also found that the leprosy bacillus is remarkably poor at migrating between human hosts. It dies quickly outside the body — in just a couple of hours — and about 95 percent of people appear immune to it.
 
"I refer to it as a wimp of a pathogen," said Richard Truman, the chief of the laboratory research branch at the National Hansen’s Disease Program, a federal program dedicated to the treatment and study of leprosy.

Alert: These 3 Things Activate Breast Cancer in Your Body

-

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Ebola Patient Almost Reached US

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 16:10 PM

Patrick Sawyer, who died after contracting the Ebola virus, was scheduled to fly to Minneapolis in time for an August 16 . . .

Probe Exposes Flaws Behind Obamacare Rollout

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 16:05 PM

Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's new h . . .

9 Unhealthiest Restaurant Meals

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 16:03 PM

Nine meals from American restaurant chains have made this year's list of dishes that are among the highest in high in ca . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved