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How is Hansen's disease related to tuberculosis?

Mycobacterium leprae, the bacillus that causes Hansen's disease, belongs to the same bacterial family as M. tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis. As a result of this relationship, the National Hansen's Disease Program conducts extramurally-funded research on tuberculosis.
This answer is based on source information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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