Leprosy: Background information when reading Daughter of Moloka'i

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Daughter of Moloka'i

by Alan Brennert

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Leprosy

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In Daughter of Moloka'i by Alan Brennert, the main character is forcibly taken from her mother and put up for adoption because her mother was diagnosed with leprosy. Also called Hansen's Disease, leprosy affects a person's skin and peripheral nerves causing a loss of sensation and tissue degeneration. Those impacted may experience the gradual loss of their extremities or even the amputation of a limb as hands and feet become deformed and eroded over time, generally because minor injuries go unnoticed and untreated. This is particularly true of populations who are poor and who may lack basic healthcare to treat such wounds.

The disease is caused by a bacillus called Mycrobacterium leprae (M. leprae). It's been a somewhat mysterious ailment, and even today scientists are uncertain about the exact mechanism of its transmission. It's never been successfully grown in a culture, and in fact the bacillus dies a few hours after being removed from its host. It takes three to five years for ...

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