US faces the return of LEPROSY: Doctor warns it is 'only a matter of time' before it appears among burgeoning homeless | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

US faces the return of LEPROSY: Doctor warns it is 'only a matter of time' before it appears among burgeoning homeless

A leprosy outbreak could soon hit homeless populations in the US, a doctor has warned.

Dr Marc Siegel, of New York University's Langone Health, fears it is just a 'matter of time' before the bacterial disease strikes.

He pointed to Los Angeles County as being particularly at risk, with almost 60,000 people sleeping rough in the area.

Although leprosy is not particularly contagious, the combination of poor hygiene, a lack of shelter and inaccessible medical treatment among the homeless creates a 'perfect cauldron' for the disease, Dr Siegel said.

Left untreated, the infection can cause blindness or permanent disability - a 'sure recipe for instant public panic'.
Central and South America have more than 20,000 new incidences a year, with 'sporadic cases continuing to be brought across our southern border undetected', he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When anyone with this disease comes into this country illegally, because they have not gone through a thorough health screening, to determine whether or not they are healthy enough to be permitted to live here, this disease scourge has nothing stopping it from infecting the general US population.

That... is simply fact.

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