Mexico still trying to eradicate leprosy, 70 new cases so far in 2016

Posted on November 7, 2016 • Filed under: Latin America Health, Mexico Toribio reported leprosy is quiet and lurks; add 70 new cases this year
Although in recent decades the incidence of this disease has been declining, Mexico has failed to eradicate this evil; ignorance and stigma, the main reasons

Leprosy is a disease that could not be completely eliminated in our country. While this bad infection has maintained a downward trend in recent decades, its eradication remains a challenge.

So far this year, for example, more than half of the states have submitted at least one case of leprosy.


Data from the Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health (SSA) indicate that in 2016 total 70 cases have been reported, 45 in men and 25 in women.

Sinaloa, with 19 cases; Nuevo Leon, with eight, and Guerrero, Jalisco and Nayarit, with six, respectively, top the list of entities with the largest number of patients.

However, in Mexico City and the State of Mexico there are also cases reported.

Similarly Baja California, Coahuila, Colima, Durango, Michoacan, Guanajuato, Oaxaca, San Luis Potosi, Sonora and Tamaulipas have reported cases of leprosy.

In 2014, the country reported 212 new cases of leprosy, while 2015 closed with 106 new cases; ie, in a year cases halved. Read Article

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