Leprosy Comes from Near East

Reuters has an article on leprosy. Turns out it isn’t from India, which people apparently have thought all along, but from the Near East or Africa. I’m voting for the Near East, since Namaan, an Amran (modern Jordan or Syria), had it in about 800 BC.

The article says the earliest writing about it is in Egypt in 600 BC. I am assuming they mean an original source and not a copy.