Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: While leprosy is known to have
been transmitted in Louisiana, Texas, Hawaii, and possibly California, it
is not yet endemic in the eastern United States.1
Exogenous cases of leprosy have been found in the New York City area for some
time,2 but before 1996 no secondary transmission
of leprosy had been documented in this area. Since then, however, we have
diagnosed 2 new cases of lepromatous leprosy in people living on the East
coast, neither of whom had any obvious history of exposure to this disease.
Levis WR, Vides EA, Cabrera A. Leprosy in the Eastern United States. JAMA. 2000;283(8):1004–1005. doi:10.1001/jama.283.8.999
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