Leprosy caught the country’s attention last month when a slew of media accounts, including this news source, reported on a slight increase in cases in recent months in Volusia County, Florida.

An article published in Forbes last week in time for International Women’s Day looked at this ancient bacterial disease from a very different angle–the disproportionate burden the disfiguring disease, leprosy, has on the world’s poorest women.

Joining me on the Sunday, Mar. 15 airing of the Outbreak News This Week Radio show, author of the article, Leprosy Isn’t Gone — And Women Bear The Burden, Dr. Judy Stone joined me to discuss the disease and her findings concerning how an already stigmatizing illness affects women on a whole different level.

In addition, I go over the infectious news of the day to include updates on measles in Quebec and the Philippines, a look at chickenpox and shingles and the “no love lost” back-n-forth between Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) over tuberculosis in Ringling elephants.

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