Does Biblical leprosy, one of the greatest curses of Biblical times, still exist? For centuries, in AD times, a certain disease was called leprosy. This disease sometimes first manifested itself with snow-white blotches on the skin, especially on the limbs. It often became progressively worse, affecting the neuromuscular system, killing its victims...while others lived for years not growing any worse, but becoming social pariahs, often being sent to a "leper colony" on some remote island. Then, in 1873, a Dr. Hansen of Norway discovered that the disease was caused by a bacillus, and soon after, it was found that one animal-the armadillo-could also contract the disease. This removed the "curse" element once and for all. As more was discovered about the illness, now known as Hansen's Disease, it was noted that it didn't truly match up with Biblical leprosy. For example, it's not very contagious, usually has a fairly long incubation period, slow onset, and WHITE blotches are the exception rather than the rule. (The blotches are most often red or brown) And it certainly does NOT grow in stone or cloth as Biblical leprosy did.(leviticus13-14) Therefore, the conclusion must be drawn that Hansen's Disease is NOT the leprosy of the Bible. It appears that leprosy is/was some kind if fungal or yeast infection, as it grew visibly on walls, cloth, or skins, often had a rapid onset, and didn't seem to kill its vics quickly if at all. BUT...Does Biblical leprosy still exist? I haven't seen any set of symptoms of any modern illness resembling it. What are YOUR thoughts?