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  1. Apr 27, 2011 · Yes, You Can Get Leprosy From an Armadillo Genetic study gets to the root of mysterious U.S. cases 27 Apr 2011 By Jennifer Couzin-Frankel For years, scientists have speculated that armadillos can pass on leprosy to humans, and that they are behind the few dozen cases of the disease that occur in the U.S. every year. Now, they have evidence.

  2. Besides humans, nine-banded armadillos are the only animals that can carry M. leprae, the bacteria that causes leprosy. Several human cases of the disease linked with the pests have been reported in Texas, though these animals have also tested positive for M. leprae in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Symptoms of Armadillo Diseases

  3. Armadillos carry leprosy and can transmit this disease in several ways. How Do Armadillos Transmit Leprosy? Merely by handling the animal, you can contract leprosy. Extra care should be taken when dealing armadillos to prevent contact with the skin from their armor or their feces.

  4. Armadillos are one of the only known animals to carry leprosy. How can you prevent or avoid Leprosy? CNN reports that, “Experts are urging Floridians to use caution and not touch the small, cat-sized creatures. Armadillos are common in Florida and found across most of the state, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation ...

  5. Nov 13, 2015 · The armadillos in the southern United States carrying the bacteria that can cause leprosy are now found over a much larger geographic range than just a few years ago, a new study suggests.

  6. Sep 23, 2016 · Wait — armadillos can give you leprosy?! Yes. Yes, they can. In a study published in 2011 in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers say they’ve genetically linked leprosy in humans...

  7. Apr 27, 2011 · Some studies have shown that as many as 20 percent of armadillos in some areas are infected with leprosy. Armadillos now range from Colorado to North Carolina and have a similar habitat to...

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