Leprosy resurfaces in Malawi’: 20 people quarantined in Balaka

Fear has hit Malawi’s eastern district of Balaka where about 23 leprosy cases have been reported.

Lperosy fears hit Balaka Lepra patient at ALERT (All Africa Leprosy & Rehabilitation Training Center) in Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia. Physiotherapy, hand tendons to allow to grip things again June 2002 Copyright : WHO/P. Virot

Lperosy fears hit Balaka

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.

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15 thoughts on “Leprosy resurfaces in Malawi’: 20 people quarantined in Balaka”

  1. Tengupenya says:

    Is this disease the same as CHIKWAKWA or VIKWAKWA?
    Is there a cure?
    Why does it take so long to incubate? and even longer to appear/be infectious?

  2. Kwangwagwa says:

    Number 10 should know that the writer is talking about what he heard or was told. He is not writing about what he knows about leprosy. He/she knows that there are people like you who no leprosy better that him/her. So be patient and thoughtful before you start condemning other people’s writings.

  3. Ralph says:

    I personally visited the place because ,we were doing a research under USAID in August, its not a strange thing to see the disease resurface because those people ,they were dumped our government has been doing nothing to help these people ,the healthy Wise is detoriating /compromised ,u see fresh wounds (mabala)almost everyone , at the dumped camp, one of the respondent confirmed that they are helped by Catholic parish for daily food ,medication,a lot of things needed by these Malawians

  4. Ralph says:

    I personally visited the place because ,we were doing a research under USAID in August, its not a strange thing to see the disease resurface because those people ,they were dumped our government has been doing nothing to help these people ,the healthy Wise is detoriating /compromised ,u see fresh wounds (mabala)almost everyone , at the dumped camp, one of the respondent confirmed that they are helped by Catholic parish for daily food ,medication,

  5. Grip says:

    Major 1 prophesied of a strange disease that wil hit malawi on his mzuzu crusade

  6. Msadane says:

    The writer of the article has been alarmitic and not acurrate about Leprosy. No one is ever quarantined for having leprosy. They are started on treatment. True a case demands that ither close contacts be screened and treated if found infected. Further, the definition of elimination is linked to a certain nunber of cases per population and does not mean there will be bo cases at all. Surely a cluster of cases around the same places calls for intensified control action.

  7. gaga says:

    This ia the sign of poverty nanga iwowo ngati a Gorge Chaponda ndi Pitala angadwale matenda amenewa , koma osauuka ndi omwe akukhuzidwa ndi matendawa kuti muuone onsewo odwalawo ndi athu osauka okha okha believe me or find out you will know the truth.

  8. Malawian Q says:

    This is the end of Malawi

  9. mtaisi says:

    Ooo,bad,lets control it before it gets worse

  10. i miss kamuzu says:

    balaka yanyanya uchimo. this is gods punishment. enanu amene mukungodya misonkho yanga, you are next.

  11. Chadzandiani says:

    This is very urgent pliz ,govt.should interven as soon as possible.

  12. Mayi says:

    Ndi nkhani yomvesa chisoni koophsya. Boma lithandize nsanga mmalo monjoya ndi ndalama za tax payers kutenga chinantindi cha anthu kupita nawo ku un just kuti akaoneko ku america ndikulawa ndege

  13. Komanso apa nde yalakwatu!

  14. becks says:

    This is a matter of urgency just as ebola. We shouldn’t hear that government has no money on this issue

  15. The real ujeni says:

    This is serious news. Government of Mutharika should seriously look into this. The stigma of leprosy is worse than AIDS, this is a disease that was wiped out of Africa and on the face of earth, why resurface in the poorest country in the world? The repercussions would be very bad for Malawi. The country will complete sink. Government should quickly act, who is the President?

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