Leprosy in England and Wales

Commun Dis Public Health. 1999 Jun;2(2):119-21.


This paper reviews cases of leprosy notified in England and Wales to the Central Leprosy Register since its inception in 1951. Leprosy remains a rare condition in England and Wales, with fewer than ten cases notified on average in recent years. No definite case of indigenously acquired leprosy has been reported since the disease became notifiable. Although only a small number of patients present each year, leprosy remains a debilitating disease, and the unfamiliarity of clinicians with this condition can lead to delays in diagnosis and undernotification.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • England / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leprosy / epidemiology*
  • Male
  • Registries
  • Wales / epidemiology