Doctors believe that an overseas ship worker which is confined at Wollongong Hospital on New South Wales south coast has leprosy.

He remains in quarantine while health experts are waiting the man’s test results.

But a spokesperson from the Illawarra Area Health Service and South Eastern Sydney say that the man is already undergoing cure and treatment for the potentially disfiguring disease.

The overseas ship arrived just recently to Port Kembla and the man was admitted to the hospital on the 2nd of April.

Leprosy is a kind of bacterial infection disease that has symptoms of skin lesions.

Test results from the man’s case are expected to come out in the next seven days.