Leprosy outbreak causes concerns in Northwest Arkansas

UPDATE: The original news article is now gone. Very interesting. Do we detect ‘spin control’? — PID

This one is major — leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) has no vaccine and is presumed to spread via respiratory droplets (i.e through the air). Watch for the CDC and/or FEMA to move in on this one. This town may be quarantined. Since the initial carriers are from the Marshall Islands, this could also bring immigration health issues to the forefront. — PID

Feb 8, 2008 SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS (KFSM NEWS) — The medical community is warning the public: a leprosy outbreak in Springdale could blossom into an epidemic, if something isn’t done soon.

Doctors say at least nine cases of leprosy have been confirmed in Springdale. Local doctors say they would be shocked by even one case of leprosy in their entire career, so they say something must be done soon, in order to stop leprosy’s spread. Full Report