Leprosy found in California

September 23, 2016

Source: The Press Emterprise Published: Sept. 22, 2016 By SUZANNE HURT / STAFF WRITER

The nation’s top lab for leprosy research and diagnosis has confirmed a doctor’s clinical diagnosis for one child, but not another

Lab tests have confirmed that a Jurupa Valley child has leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, Riverside County public health officials reported Thursday, Sept. 22.

The findings by the National Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) Laboratory Research Program in Baton Rouge, La., supported a local doctor’s diagnosis that a student at Indian Hills Elementary School had leprosy.

A second student who may be related to the other child also had been diagnosed with the disease, but lab results did not confirm that the second person has leprosy.