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Leprosy Case Confirmed In Southern California Elementary School

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Health officials have said that a student from the Indian Hills Elementary School in Jurupa Valley, California, has Thursday been confirmed to be suffering from Hansen’s disease, commonly referred to as leprosy. They added that the school and community are safe.

According to Riverside County health officials, two children from the Southern California elementary school had been diagnosed with leprosy by a local doctor initially. However, results from the National Hansen’s Disease Laboratory Research Program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, showed that only one of the children tested positive.

“It is incredibly difficult to contract leprosy,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County’s public health officer, the Associated Press (AP) reported. “The school was safe before this case arose and it still is.” – READ MORE

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