New cases of leprosy a cause for concern

Health authorities pushing to eradicate the disease nationwide

Two cases of leprosy in remote WA have been confirmed by health officials, bringing the total number of diagnoses seen in the state to 20 in five years.

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Cutis lepromatous pathological sample under light microscopy

The recent cases are prompting concerns that the disease has not yet been eradicated in remote parts of Australia, with both cases, one new and one relapse, occurring in the Kimberley.

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