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4000-yr old Indian Skeleton Shows Traces Of Leprosy.

In Health, India, Science on May 28, 2009 at 9:55 am

Via Washington Post

It is to be expected from one of the world’s oldest civilizations – a 4000 year old skeleton found in Balathal site (today’s Rajasthan State) shows traces of Leprosy.

Scientists have speculated that leprosy originated in India or Africa and may have spread from Asia to Europe with the returning army of Alexander the Great. Previous skeletal evidence for the disease has been dated to 300 to 400 B.C. in Egypt and Thailand.

The full report published by the Public Library Of Science is here

The disease continues to plague modern day India. As reported by AFP

there were more than 1,145 new cases of leprosy in Mumbai from February 2008 to March 2009, an increase from the 1,070 in 2007-08. Leprosy rates fell below the one case in 10,000 benchmark across India in 2005 but there were still nearly 138,000 new cases in 2007-08, according to WHO and government statistics.


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