Leprosy has terrified humanity since ancient times and was reported as early as 600 BC in India, China, and Egypt. Hansen’s disease is still a major health problem.
Disease is a constant reminder of just how much things have changed since God pronounced a curse on the earth. At first, everything was “very good,” but Adam’s sin brought death and decay into the world.
Gillen, Alan L., "Biblical Leprosy: Shedding Light on the Disease that Shuns" (2007). Faculty Publications and Presentations. 146.