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October 24, 2006

A Leprosy Link

October 24, 2006—HIV positive people in developing countries are in some rare cases developing leprosy after starting antiretroviral treatment, the New York Times reports. In areas where the bacteria that causes leprosy is common, hidden infections may be triggered as the human immune system begins to recover. Three hundred thousand leprosy cases were reported in developing countries last year, although the disease is treatable with antibiotics.


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