Can armadillos spread leprosy to humans?

By Ken Buben, President,

Up to 20% of armadillos in the south now carry leprosy and a new study from the New England Journal of Medicine says these may be spreading to humans. Before this study it was thought this was just passed from human to human.


Are armadillo's spreading leprosy?

Each year there are approximately 150 cases reported in the US of this disease. If given antibiotics early on patients recover well from this bacterial infection. It has been found that the humans and armadillos have the same strainof M. leprae. Common leprosy symptoms include muscle weakness especially in the hands and feet, skin stiffness, a skin rash, and eye problems. It can take a few months or even years to develop symptoms of this disease.

So if you come in contact with an armadillo be sure to wash your hands properly!

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