Quiz: Two Truths, One Lie
How much do you know about Leprosy?
Click on the one lie about the disease.
- Leprosy patients can still be contagious after a month of treatment.
- Actually, Leprosy patients are no longer contagious after about a week of Multi-Drug Therapy (MDT).
- Leprosy can be cured within 6 months to a year of treatment.
- Leprosy can be cured if treated with Multi-Drug Therapy (MDT), a combination of three antibiotics.
- The largest number of leprosy cases in the United States are in California, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.
- Leprosy no longer exists in the United States.
- Approximately 150 people are diagnosed with leprosy each year in the US.
- Every two minutes someone is diagnosed with leprosy.
- Leprosy can cause nerve damage in the face, hands, and feet.
- Leprosy can cause blindness.
- Leprosy can cause fingers, toes, and limbs to fall off.
- Nerve damage can cause injuries that result in tissue loss, thus, fingers and toes become shortened and deformed.
- Nine-banded armadillos can carry the leprosy bacteria which causes leprosy, and pass it along to humans.
- The leprosy bacteria is spread through blood.
- Scientists think that the M. leprae bacteria is transmitted primarily through coughing and sneezing. In most cases, it is spread through long-term contact with a person who has the disease but has not been treated.
- The leprosy disease cannot be passed on from a mother to her babies.
- While on treatment, people affected by leprosy can live a normal life among their family and friends.
- 95% of adults cannot catch leprosy because their immune system can fight off the bacteria that cause it.
- The leprosy we know today is the same kind as described in the Bible.
- The leprosy described in historical texts consisted of a variety of contagious skin conditions and did not have some of the most obvious signs of the modern leprosy including disfigurement, blindness, and loss of pain sensation.