New cases of leprosy diagnosed in Samoa

The Pacific Leprosy Foundation has diagnosed three new cases of leprosy during its annual visit to Samoa.

The New Zealand-based charity is running free dermatology clinics across the archipelago.

The team has encountered some serious cases, and referred three needing amputation to a surgeon.

"Leprosy presents itself in the very early stages as skin lesions, so the idea is people come in concerned about skin lesions then we can see them early and if indeed it is leprosy we can diagnose it and get them on treatment," Jill Tomlinson, director of the Pacific Leprosy Foundation, told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program from Apia.


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