Fontilles (officially named Sanatorio San Francisco de Borja) was opened in 1909, with the concept that people with leprosy should come to a facility for treatment, rather than be isolated because they had the disease. As part of the facility a small farm that included dairy cows and poultry was established, to provide a means of self-sufficiency for residents. Today, Fontilles is a research and training facility, while still offering outpatient treatment. It continues to be a home for about 40 people whose average age is 70 years, who were sent there for treatment decades ago and have decided to remain.
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