Mycobacterium Leprae (National Hansen's Disease Museum)
Leprosy (also called Hansen's Disease) is one of the most ancient and dreaded diseases known to man. It has plagued humanity throughout the ages. Fortunately, drastic worldwide reduction of the prevalence of leprosy has occured in the past twenty years. We are on the verge of eliminating leprosy as a public health problem all over the world. However, there are still many unanswered questions about the biology of the disease, so future research is still imperative if leprosy is to truely be eliminated.