Leprosy recorded in Ireland for first time in decades

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre was notified of the a case of leprosy in January of this year.

Irishhealth.com said that a South American man in the north-east of the country, who had been previously diagnosed, was suffering a resurgence of the disease.

It is the first time a case has been recorded in decades, however he did not contract it in Ireland.

Leprosy is not highly infectious - and is even curable if caught early.

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