During the Middle Ages, sick people wore a bell or a rattle with them. Which disease did they have?

smallpox
plague
tuberculosis
leprosy
Leprosy was incurable, but people could live for long with the disease (unlike the cases of other epidemics). Since leprosy was found infectious, leprosy stigma has been universal, and has been present in all parts of the world where leprosy was present. In Europe, the leper would carry a clapper and bell to warn of his approach.
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flagSwitzerland
3%
13%
0%
83%
30
flagAustria
0%
20%
0%
80%
35
flagSpain
17%
7%
0%
75%
41
flagGermany
12%
16%
3%
67%
326
flagRepublic of Ireland
15%
11%
5%
67%
117
flagthe United Kingdom
11%
18%
2%
66%
656
flagNorway
18%
10%
5%
65%
38
flagItaly
7%
24%
3%
64%
54
flagPoland
14%
18%
3%
63%
25002
flagUkraine
12%
20%
5%
62%
40
flagDenmark
10%
21%
5%
62%
37
flagthe Netherlands
16%
18%
3%
61%
77
flagFrance
9%
23%
5%
60%
71
flagSweden
14%
28%
2%
54%
35
flagUnknown
19%
29%
2%
47%
1014
flagthe United States
22%
22%
8%
45%
543
flagAustralia
21%
34%
4%
40%
47
flagCanada
17%
38%
5%
37%
78
flagthe Philippines
37%
16%
4%
37%
24
flagIndia
41%
24%
5%
28%
158