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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 2010 (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 2010

  • 294 new cases reported
  • 34 Jurisdictions including Puerto Rico reported new cases
  • 69 percent (203) of new cases were reported by California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York and Texas
  • The largest proportion of cases (91) that identified an ethnic association declared themselves to be Asian or South Pacific Islanders
  • 68 percent (199) of new cases were in males
  • Age of individuals with new cases ranged from 11 to 92 years
  • Thirty Years: U.S. New Reported Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) Cases by Year, 1980-2010 as chart and graph

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In 2010, a total of 294 cases of Hansen's disease were reported in the U.S. In the last 30 years (1980-2010), 7,124 new cases have been reported. The number of cases reported per year peaked at 456 in 1983 and, since 1988, has remained relatively stable.

Registry Reports

Number of U.S. Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) Cases by Year, 1824-2010

2009 A Summary of Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) in the United States (PDF - 893 KB)

Customized Reports

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

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.