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Myanmar fights leprosy scourge

Ancient disease fourishes in borderlands

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MAWLAMYAING, Myanmar – High in the hills of Myanmar's war-torn borderlands, a clutch of new leprosy cases among communities virtually cut off from medical help is a sign that the country's battle with the ancient disease is far from over. 

A patient sits on a bed at the Mawlamyine Christian leprosy hospital in Mawlamyine. High in the hills of Myanmar's war-torn borderlands, a clutch of new leprosy cases among communities virtually cut off from medical help is a sign that the country's battle with the ancient disease is far from over. (AFP photo)

It took six days by plane, boat, motorcycle, bus - and an arduous mountain trek - for a group of medical workers to treat two leprosy patients in a remote corner of the country, where conflict and neglect are the legacy of decades of military rule and even access to basic medicines is a distant dream.

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