Leprosy-free for 12 years, India saw 79,000 new cases in 6 m
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Leprosy was eliminated from India in 2005, with a prevalence rate of less than 1 per 10,000, but it is still active with 79,000 leprosy cases in six months from April to September 2016 according to National Health Profile, 2017. Uttar Pradesh had the most number of cases (13,423) but it was the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli that has the highest prevalence of 7.93 per 10,000, which means nearly 8 people in 10,000 have leprosy. In 2015, India still had world’s leprosy burden in 2015 and currently has a prevalence rate of 0.81 per 10,000, showing that leprosy is still highly present in India...


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