It has been reported that leprosy is transmitted by respiration, not touch
Sivas Cumhuriyet University Faculty of Medicine Head of Dermatology Department. Dr. Sedat Özçelik stated that, contrary to popular belief, leprosy is transmitted by respiration, not by touch.
Prof. Dr. Özçelik, in his written statement due to "World Leprosy Day", drew attention to the fact that there are around 5 million leprosy patients in the world according to the estimates of the World Health Organization.
The number of those arrested in the 1900s in two thousand with leprosy in Turkey has fallen to 1500 in 2000s transmitting Ozcelik, "Right now, I'm guessing it was around 1000. Number 43 in 1985 in Sivas. I guess the number of patients is around 17 right now. " used the expression.
- "The leprosy cannot be touched"
Stating that the disease is transmitted by respiratory, Özçelik said:
"This disease is very difficult to be transmitted. Even between spouses, the rate of transmission does not exceed 5 percent. The incubation period of the disease is long. It is transmitted if there is a long time / contact with patients who have not been treated in childhood. Contrary to our media knowledge, leprosy is not transmitted by touching. This disease is seen in countries and communities where there is poverty. The way to prevent disease is through poverty and hunger. "
Emphasizing that leprosy is a curable disease, Özçelik evaluated that prejudices in society regarding this disease are completely unfounded.
Karaman Haber - Source: AA