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August 1974

Leprosy in Vietnam Veterans

Author Affiliations

Newport News, Va

From Riverside Hospital, Newport News, VA 23602 (Dr. Medford).

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(2):373. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320200183028

Only 76 cases of leprosy due to active duty in endemic areas have been reported from the Spanish-American War through 1968. No such cases have been reported from the Vietnam conflict. A Vietnam veteran contracted tuberculoid leprosy while on active duty in that country. American physicians must be alert to other cases of leprosy that may develop in veterans in the future.