Leprosy No Longer A Death Sentence07:27
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Debbie Mata is one of the few leprosy nurses in the country. (Filipa Rodrigues /KUT)MoreCloseclosemore
Debbie Mata is one of the few leprosy nurses in the country. (Filipa Rodrigues /KUT)

For thousands of years, people have had an image of what life with leprosy is like.

The disease hasn’t changed, and yet, little is known about it.

Leprosy — or Hansen’s Disease — still affects about 2 million people in the world, in places like Brazil, Angola and India.

In the U.S., Texas has the second most reported cases of leprosy (California is first).

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, KUT’s Joy Diaz reports on how leprosy treatment has advanced.

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This segment aired on September 24, 2014.

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