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Possible Leprosy In Los Angeles Among Homeless Population

   Is an outbreak of Leprosy in Los Angeles possible?  Officials on all fronts have issued a warning to the people of Los Angeles.  Don’t touch the homeless people.  So far the city is preparing for a horror show of epic proportions.
    Los Angeles is home to 60,000 homeless people or as the common vernacular tongue uses bums. Tent cities have been erected in various parts of town with people living in piles of garbage, human waste, and bacteria-infested rats.
   Dr. Marc Siegel, a professor of medicine, published in The Hill: “These people live in the perfect breeding ground for Leprosy.”
    Leprosy causes skin sores, bumps, and nodules which eventually lead to a grotesque appearance.
  The Center for Disease Control and prevention still does not know how leprosy is spread.  There is a reason to believe that it may be transferred via coughs or sneezes.  A healthy person breathes in the bacteria that is called “Mycobacterium leprae” and thus gets the disease in that way.  Contact with these hobos and homeless bums could raise your chances of catching the disease.  In the first world country, the disease has remained relatively uncommon.  Over the last few months, however, concerns have arisen.
  Leprosy in Los Angeles could point to something more sinister.   Leprosy is far more common in the third world.  It could frankly mean that America is descending into the third world.  That’s because the homeless population continues to rise in the U.S.   Los Angeles is the primmest breeding ground for these urchins.
One of the main problems is that the homeless don’t have sufficient sheltering.  This raises a major concern in regards to hygienic practices and medical treatment.  Leprosy, however, is more common in the third world.  Even though that is the case the CDC reports at least 100 to 200 new leprosy cases each year.
  Keck medical center in Southern California recently released a study.  The study showed that over the last 45 years 187 cases of Leprosy showed that most patients were Latino and from Mexico. Leprosy is more common in Mexico because it is considered by many to be a third world country.
   If left untreated leprosy can become deadly.  Most people bring it from the third world into America.  Living among the rats and “typhus zones” doesn’t help much better.

Written by Emilie Wasser

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