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Multi-Drug Therapies Vastly Reduce China Leprosy, But Thousands Remain

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Leprosy has yet to be eradicated in China, particularly in 10 percent of the country, despite long-term efforts by the country and multi-drug therapies introduced in the 1980s. The secretary-general of the China Leprosy Association said about 1,600 new cases are reported every year, two percent of them children. The disease is no longer considered a public health threat, but the Ministry of Health estimates there are still 6,300 leprosy patients in the country. China counted 500,000 cases in 1949. (Click here for more

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