Mycobacterium leprae

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My·co·bac·te·ri·um lep·'rae

a bacterial species that causes Hansen disease (leprosy); an obligatory intracellular mycobacterium that has not been propagated in the laboratory but will survive in the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus).

Mycobacterium leprae

The aerobic intracellular, pleomorphic, acid-fast mycobacterium that causes leprosy.
 
Diagnosis
Clinical findings; culture in mouse foot pads or in armadillos.

Management
Multidrug regimen with dapsone, rifampicin and clofazimine.

Mycobacterium leprae

Infectious disease The mycobacterium that causes leprosy. See Leprosy.

My·co·bac·te·ri·um lep·rae

(mī'kō-bak-tēr'ē-ŭm lep'rē)
A bacterial species that causes leprosy.
Synonym(s): Hansen bacillus.
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With the leprosy bacillus the steps requiring growth of the agent have been impossible to meet because the bacterium cannot be grown in culture.
The reception of Hansen's work on the leprosy bacillus in the 1870s, of the investigations of Leonard Rogers and others into the utility of chaulmoogra oil in the early years of the twentieth century, and of the developments in sulphone treatment of leprosy in the 1940s and 1950s was shaped by political and economic investments in institutions for leprosy control, and by entrenched fears and impulses which conditioned segregatory responses to leprosy in areas of medium to high prevalence across Asia, Africa and the Americas.