Autochthonous leprosy in metropolitan France presenting with a diffuse infiltration of the face and febrile illness

Authors

  • Khaled Ezzedine MD, PhD,

    1. From the Department of Internal Medicine and Tropical Diseases, Hôpital St-André, University Hospital Center of Bordeaux, Bordeaux F-33075, France, Department of Dermatology, Hôpital Haut-Lévêque, University Hospital Center of Bordeaux, Pessac F-33604, France
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  • Denis Malvy MD, PhD,

    1. From the Department of Internal Medicine and Tropical Diseases, Hôpital St-André, University Hospital Center of Bordeaux, Bordeaux F-33075, France, Department of Dermatology, Hôpital Haut-Lévêque, University Hospital Center of Bordeaux, Pessac F-33604, France
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  • Claire Beylot MD, PhD,

    1. From the Department of Internal Medicine and Tropical Diseases, Hôpital St-André, University Hospital Center of Bordeaux, Bordeaux F-33075, France, Department of Dermatology, Hôpital Haut-Lévêque, University Hospital Center of Bordeaux, Pessac F-33604, France
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  • Maïté Longy-Boursier MD, PhD

    1. From the Department of Internal Medicine and Tropical Diseases, Hôpital St-André, University Hospital Center of Bordeaux, Bordeaux F-33075, France, Department of Dermatology, Hôpital Haut-Lévêque, University Hospital Center of Bordeaux, Pessac F-33604, France
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Khaled Ezzedine, MD, PhD
Service de Médecine interne et des Maladies tropicales Hôpital Saint-André, CHU Bordeaux 1, Rue Jean Burguet F-33075, Bordeaux Cedex France
E-mail: kezzedin@ulb.ac.be

Abstract

Leprosy is now considered in Western Europe as a strictly imported disease.

A case of presumed locally acquired diffuse lepromatous leprosy was observed in a native-Portuguese woman living in France who developed an acute febrile presentation with extensive cutaneous signs.

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