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Transmission and protection in leprosy: indications of the role of mucosal immunity
Recent advances in treatment have achieved a large drop in the prevalence of active leprosy cases, but the incidence is at best decreasing slowly. Most people within leprosy-endemic populations have been exposed to Myco bacterium leprae, but few develop disease and it seems likely that the majority of the population develops protective immunity. If the site of initial infection is in the nose, dissemination of bacilli around the body to skin and nerve implies that the initial infection isdoi:10.5935/0305-7518.19970038 fatcat:d2gdzpeb2bcxnj3awnjg2vjkyu