CAIRO: The Ministry of Health held a press conference Tuesday to discuss leprosy, during which Deputy Minister for Preventive Medicine Amr Kandil officially confirmed that there are currently 529 cases in Egypt.
According to an official report issued by the World Health Organization in 2012, Egypt implemented an initiative supported by WHO which included raising awareness and training as well as targeting four governorates where leprosy rates were concerning. The four governorates include Sohag, Qena, Luxor and Aswan.
Kandil denied that Egypt was ranked as 19 in a list of countries with leprosy, adding that Egypt has among the lowest rates of infection. Kandil claimed the numbers provided in today’s conference were based on reports by the World Health Organization.
Leprosy is a skin disease, which affects sores and also parts of the nervous system. It is contagious to some level, but danger erupts if an epidemic outbreak erupts. According to Kandil, contagion can be stopped by early antibiotic attribution to the patient.
Originally published in Youm7.