chapter  22
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Leprosy Introduction

Remarkably in the 0.5. cases occur in individuals who have not traveled outside the northern O.S . and who lack contact with known lepers , thus suggesting carriers . Seeking antibodies to phenolic glycolipid I has been done in an attempt to detect leprosy in healthy people in New Guinea.2 Similar studies may identify the healthy contact carriers responsible for cases in nonen­ demic areas of the U.S . This chemically defined glycolipid is believed to be invariably and exclusively associated with Mycobacterium leprae . l s

It i s curious indeed that the skin lesions of leprosy often reveal myriad acid-fast bacilli , which fail to grow on media suitable for fastidious bacteria and for the tubercle bacillus. Improvements in propagating the agent have been made by many dedicated investigators .