An inmate at Loddon Prison in Castlemaine has been isolated from the prisoner population after being diagnosed with Leprosy.
A statement from Corrections Victoria says health authorities are now monitoring all inmates who may have come into contact with him, but there is a low risk that anyone else has been infected.
Leprosy is a chronic bacterial infection of the skin and superficial nerves.
According to the Health Department, only two other cases of Leprosy have been reported in Victoria so far this year – both of them in Melbourne’s South East.
With the introduction of multi-drug therapy 35-years-ago, the illness is now treatable.
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