Fear has hit Malawi’s eastern district of Balaka where about 23 leprosy cases have been reported.
Health officials in Balaka have confirmed that 20 people are under quarantine at Utale 2 Catholic Parish in the district.
Balaka District Health Officer Bertha Chikuse and District Leprosy Coordinator, George Anafi confirmed of this strange development. Leprosy was believed to have been eradicated and it has taken the country by surprise.
The District Health Coordinator is of the view that the resurfacing of the disease could be a result of the long incubation period that characterizes the disease, saying some people carrying the bacterium could not be aware that they are victims of the disease.
Leprosy is a chronic disease caused by a slow multiplying bacillus, Mycobacterium leprae.
Nyasa Times understands that the Gram-positive bacterium multiplies slowly and the incubation period of the disease is about 5 years and that symptoms can take as long as 20 years to appear.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :