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Hansen's Disease Data & Statistics

National Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) Registry collects data from health care providers and agencies. Data are analyzed and reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A Summary of Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) in the United States 2015 (PDF - 777 KB)

Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) Surveillance Form (PDF- 31 KB) on which providers report new cases to the National Hansen's Disease Program

Highlights from A Summary of Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) in the United States 2015

  • 178 new cases reported
  • 32 Jurisdictions including Puerto Rico reported new cases
  • 72 percent (129) of new cases were reported by Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, New York and Texas
  • The largest proportion of cases (43) that identified an ethnic association declared themselves to be Asian or South Pacific Islander.
  • 66 percent (117) of new cases were in males
  • Age of individuals with new cases ranged from 7 to 95 years
  • Thirty Years: U.S. New Reported Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) Cases by Year, 1985-2015 as chart and graph

View Year-over-Year Data

In 2015 a total of 178 cases of Hansen's disease were reported in the U.S. In the last 30 years (1985-2015), 6,076 new cases have been reported. The number of cases reported per year peaked at 456 in 1983. 

Customized Reports

Special reports may be generated from the registry data upon request. Those of general interest are available here and can be downloaded.

Reported U.S. vs. Foreign Born Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) Cases, 1992-2002 (PDF- 35 KB) Shows the constancy of U.S. born cases and how the number of reported Hansen's disease (leprosy) cases in the U.S. are influenced by immigration patterns.

Endemic Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) in Louisiana - 2001 (PDF- 35 KB) Summary of the 13 endemic leprosy cases reported from Louisiana in 2001.