What is Leprosy and What Causes It?

Source:  What is Leprosy and What Causes It?    Tag:  symptoms of leprosy
Leprosy is a disease that is known to be as old as the human race. It is caused by specific bacterium called Mycobacterium leprae. This bacterium tends to grow slowly and mainly affect the body's nervous system, the skin and the body's mucous membranes. Leprosy is considered to be infectious, being transmitted through airborne particles, for instance when someone sneezes or coughs. But most people, approximately 95% of the population are naturally immune to the disease. Aspects that may cause the growth of mycobacteria and eventually lead to leprosy are; genetics, environmental/living conditions, and amount of exposure to other people with leprosy.