DCHHS’ Communicable Disease Control division coordinates a Hansen’s Disease program for North Texas. The program, which is one of four clinic sites in Texas, provides comprehensive coordination of care for Hansen’s Disease patients, which includes: outpatient care, case management, screening procedures, education, referrals, management of complications and consultative services.
Hansen’s disease is a chronic infectious disease caused by an organism called Mycobacterium leprae. Though the disease is curable, it can cause permanent damage to the skin, limbs, and eyes if left untreated.
Symptoms can include discolored skin patches which may have lost some feeling; bumps and thickening of the skin, especially on the face, ears and the extremities; loss of feeling or weakness of the fingers or toes.
Transmission of Hansen’s Disease is spread person to person via respiratory droplets. The disease, however, does not spread easily and is not spread through casual contact.
Your doctor can make the diagnosis by doing a biopsy. Early treatment can prevent the disabilities traditionally associated with HD.
For information, consultation or to make an appointment, call 214-819-2010.