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Health care workers screen women for leprosy in Nyaung U, Myanmar. However, there is no simple diagnostic test for leprosy to catch it early. Andre Malerba/Courtesy of Novartis Foundation hide caption

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Ruth Pfau, seen here at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Karachi in 2010, led a charity fighting leprosy and blindness in the country for decades. Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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This red squirrel has the disfiguring sores of leprosy on its ear. Dorset Wildlife Trust hide caption

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Dorset Wildlife Trust

Medieval Leprosy Lurks In British Squirrels

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A woodcut from the 1800s, Healing the Lepers, depicts the common tableau of Jesus healing a leper as his disciples look on. Images from the History of Medicine hide caption

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Images from the History of Medicine