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New leprosy diagnostic test developed in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian scientists announced the development of a new test for the diagnosis of Hansen's disease (leprosy), which has a worldwide prevalence of 22.9 persons per million inhabitants and is considered by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) as a neglected tropical disease. India, Brazil, and Indonesia account for 79 percent of the world's cases.

The new method proposed for detecting the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae, which causes the disease, is the same method used in one of the Covid-19 diagnostic tests, PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction).

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