In 2016 former President Obama change the law of the United States to allow immigrants with leprosy in, and now it is taking its toll.
“Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is rarely seen in the United States, but cases continue to emerge in Los Angeles County, a new report says,” Medscape reported.
“Hansen’s disease still exists, and we need to educate medical students and physicians,” Dr. Maria Teresa Ochoa of Keck Medical Center said to Reuters.
Dr. Ochoa and colleagues identified 187 patients with the disease in a review of medical records from their leprosy clinic spanning 1973 to 2018. Most patients were Latino, originating from Mexico, and they experienced a median delay in diagnosis of more than three years, the team reports JAMA Dermatology, online August 7.