Leprosy surveillance no. 2, January 1972
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Leprosy surveillance no. 2, January 1972

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    Information contained in this report is derived primarily from State Health Departments, and the National Morbidity and Mortality Reporting System. This information is preliminary and is intended primarily for those with responsibility for disease control activities. Anyone desiring to quote parts of this report is urged to consult the original investigators for confirmation and interpretation. There were 233 cases of leprosy reported in the United States and Puerto Rico in 1969 and 1970; 87 percent of the cases (202) were reported from seven areas: California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, New York City, Texas, and Puerto Rico. Of the 233 cases, 69 (29.6 percent) were in persons bom in the United States and Puerto Rico, and 121 (51.9 percent) were in persons born in Mexico, Philippines, Cuba, and American Samoa. Lepromatous or dimorphous leprosy was diagnosed in 155 (68.3 percent) of the 227 patients whose clinical type was reported. In 198 instances, the diagnosis was confirmed by biopsy. Only 35 patients lacked biopsy confirmation. Ninety-six of the 233 patients were hospitalized at one of three USPHS hospitals offering specialized care of leprosy patients, while 137 were not hospitalized or were seen in medical school or general hospitals.
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    I. Summary -- II. Introduction -- III. Cases 1969-1970 -- IV. Patients born in the United States -- V. Examination of case contaacts -- VI. Diagnosis and hospital care -- VII. Interval from onset to diagnosis.
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