Hansen’s disease (also known as leprosy) is an infection caused by a slow-growing bacteria. The disease can affect the nerves, skin, eyes, and lining of the nose. It is not known exactly how Hansen’s disease spreads but it is thought to happen when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and a healthy person breathes in the droplets containing the bacteria. Prolonged, close contact with someone with untreated leprosy over many months is needed to catch the disease.
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Carson City, Douglas and Lyon Counties
Carson City Health & Human Services (CCHHS)
Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD)
Washoe County Health District (WCHD)
All Other Counties
Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH)