Indigenous Cases of Leprosy Found in the United States

Everything I know about Leprosy, I got from The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. Thomas Covenant, the protagonist of the fantasy series suffers from leprosy and Stephen Donaldson, the author, had to go into a certain amount of detail about the disease to establish the character’s background. Since the books were written back in the late 1970’s, it is no surprise that my information is out of date. So I was interested to read this article.

In the Chronicles, Covenant’s doctors told him that the method of transmission was unknown. It seems that they have established that leprosy is transmitted from person to person and even from armadillos. Covenant was also told that there was no cure, only treatments to halt the spread of the disease. According to the article, leprosy can be cured with antibiotics and the patient, Jose Ramirez is disease free.