Thalidomide, a drug that combats leprosy, has now banned its use in women of reproductive age. Fabrizia of 16 years, mother of Denis, and underwent the mutilating effects of his mother. Spain recorded each year between 20 and 30 new cases of leprosy (22 in 2009), mostly imported by immigrants, and earn between 450 and 500 people disabled by the disease, said today the association responsible for the occasion Fontilles the celebration of World Leprosy Day, commemorated on Sunday 31 January.