|Title:||Leprosy elimination campaign in Qazvin province, Islamic Republic of Iran [2006-07]|
|Authors:||Qasemi Barqi, R.|
|Abstract:||Multi-drug therapy [MDT] and Leprosy Elimination Campaigns [LEC] are the major strategies for eliminating leprosy. We report the results of a LEC conducted in 2006 in Qazvin. A total of 1987 individuals [1379 household contacts of 319 registered leprosy patients and 608 people from 3 endemic villages with a high prevalence of leprosy] were examined for detection of new cases of leprosy. All new cases were given MDT and were reviewed after a year. There were 256 suspected cases of leprosy, 13 of whom were confirmed as new cases [7 were classified as multibacillary leprosy]. None had visible deformity nor was < 20 years old. All patients completed the recommended MDT course. The few cases detected suggest that in low prevalence areas, a long-term approach of integrated leprosy services and disability management may be more appropriate than LEC as a leprosy elimination strategy|
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