Leprosy: the basics
Leprosy primarily affects the peripheral nerves and secondarily involving skin and certain other tissues/organs in particular, the eye, mucosa of the nasal and upper respiratory tract and also the testes. It does not affect the central nervous system.
Where the sensory nerves are damaged in varying degrees they cannot register pain. Where the eye is affected it can often lead to blindness.
A myth that still prevails even in "educated" societies is that the disease causes flesh to rot and fingers and toes to drop off. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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