About the Authors

Jorg Heukelbach, Olga André Chichava, Alexcian Rodrigues de Oliveira, Carlos Henrique Morais de Alencar, Alberto Novaes Ramos Jr., Liana Ariza
Department of Community Health, School of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil

Jorg Heukelbach
Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

Kathrin Häfner
School of Medicine, University of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

Friederike Walther
School of Medicine, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Adriana Cavalcante Ferreira
State Leprosy Control Program, State Health Secretariat of Tocantins, Palmas, Brazil

Corresponding Author

heukelbach@web.de

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JH LA CHMA ANR ACF. Performed the experiments: LA CHMA OAC ARO KH FW. Analyzed the data: JH LA OAC. Wrote the paper: JH LA CHMA ANR ACF.