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Health officials confirm Riverside County child has leprosy

Health officials confirm Riverside County child has leprosy

Health officials in Riverside County confirmed Friday that an elementary schoolchild has Hansen’s disease, also known as leprosy.

The child appears to have contracted the rare disease from “someone that had been diagnosed with Hansen’s disease who had prolonged, close contact with the child,” said Barbara Cole, director for disease control for the Riverside County Department of Public Health.

Leprosy is spread through coughing and sneezing but requires that people spend long periods of time together, like living in the same household, experts say.

Cole could not...

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