Special Symposium on Hansen's Disease: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Research
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Naturally-acquired leprosy has been observed in chimpanzees and sooty mangabey monkeys. Experimental multibacillary leprosy was established in 24 of 36 mangabey monkeys, 7 of 34 rhesus monkeys, and 15 of 19 African green monkeys following intravenous and intradermal inoculation of . The experimental disease strongly resembles leprosy in humans clinically, histopathologically, and immunologically. Thus, in addition to nine-banded armadillos in Louisiana and Texas, chimpanzees and sooty mangabeys in Africa, in the wild or in captivity, may serve as a zoonotic source of . Investigators using chimpanzees and monkeys should be alerted to the possibility of naturally-acquired leprosy.


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