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Leprosy In Colombian Children And Adolescents

Romero-Montoya, Irma Marcela*; Beltrán-Alzate, Juan Camilo*; Ortiz-Marín, Diana Cristina MD; Diaz-Diaz, Alejandro MD; Cardona-Castro, Nora MD, MSc*

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000057
Brief Reports
Abstract

While leprosy is not considered a public health problem in Colombia, affected children are an important warning sign, demonstrating the challenge of controlling the disease. Herein, we report 12 cases of leprosy in patients 5–17 years of age, summarizing our clinical, micro biological and treatment findings.

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From the *Instituto Colombiano de Medicina Tropical, Universidad CES, Sabaneta, Antioquia; and Universidad CES, Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Medellín, Colombia.

Accepted for publication August 28, 2013.

This work was supported by Colciencias code 325649326235, Dirección Seccional de Salud de Antioquia, and ICMT-CES.

The authors have no other funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Address for Correspondence: Nora Cardona-Castro. Cra 43 A # 52 Sur 99. Sabaneta, Antioquia, Colombia. E-mail: ncardona@ces.edu.co.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.