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Leprosy Continues to Occur in Hilly Areas of North India
Background: The aim of present study was to describe the profile of leprosy patients attending the outpatient department of dermatology in tertiary care hospital in Srinagar, Uttarakhand, North India. Methodology: This descriptive retrospective study. Patient data at the time of diagnosis were retrieved onto a predesigned proforma, which concerned the following variables at the time of registration: age, sex, and residence. Newly registered outpatients leprosy cases between 2009 and 2014 were included in the study. Results: It was found that 65 were multibacillary leprosy cases. Males constituted 62.8% of all leprosy cases.The majority (83.7%) belonged to the age group of 18-60 years. Of the total 48.8% of the newleprosy caseswere fromthe Pauri district.The leprosy incidence rate in this population was 2.71 per 1000 patients. Conclusion: Leprosy still continues to be a communicable disease of concern. The lower incidence in women and children provokes the need to strengthen contact screening, early case detection, and referral activities in the population to sustain elimination.
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