Cholera, typhus, TB, bubonic plague, and now this.
Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is rarely seen in the United States, but cases continue to emerge in Los Angeles County, a new report says.
“Hansen’s disease still exists, and we need to educate medical students and physicians,” coauthor Dr. Maria Teresa Ochoa from Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, told Reuters Health by email.
Dr. Ochoa and colleagues identified 187 patients with the disease in a review of medical records from their leprosy clinic spanning 1973 to 2018. Most patients were Latino, originating from Mexico, and they experienced a median delay in diagnosis of more than three years, the team reports JAMA Dermatology, online August 7.
Hoft sums up the whole oozy mess nicely: “Ahh, the joys of open borders and Democrat leadership.” Puts me in mind of the assessment of LA offered years ago by my old friend and LA native Chris Pfouts, may he forever rest in peace: “A suppurating boil on the landscape, with plenty of bad cops to keep anybody from stealing the pus.” He was even righter than he knew at the time, looks like.