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The patient is a Brazilian who has been living in Ireland for several years. He had suffered a recurrence of his leprosy having first contracted it in Brazil, 10 years ago. Dr Connor Gallagher said it was a case that "one might have expected to encounter in the Middle Ages - not in a busy surgery in County Meath". The GP registrar who examined the man said he suffered from tuberculous leprosy or sarcoidosis. "The risk of contagion in new cases is small. However global eradication in recent years has proven difficult," he wrote in a medical magazine.
The first recorded case of leprosy in modern times was reported to the health authorities in the Irish Republic earlier this year.