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Leprosy Return Shows Neglect in India of Ancient Blight

Sandeep Gupta fidgets nervously in a Mumbai clinic while waiting to learn if the white patches and boils that appeared on his elbow a month ago mean he has leprosy -- the disease that disfigured his cousin and maimed millions of people in India and elsewhere for 8,000 years.

The lesions on the 12-year-old’s arm are a sign of leprosy which, left untreated, can cause disfigurement and nerve damage. While leprosy, described in Indian texts from the 6th century BC, has been cleared from the developed world, it’s regaining ground in India, which has become the biggest source of cases imported into the U.K. and Australia.