Leprosy is an ancient disease that is known for disfiguring countless people during biblical times. Now, however, this dreaded disease has returned, and it’s back with a vengeance.
According to American Overlook, Florida has had nine reported cases of leprosy this year alone. Health officials in the state have issued a desperate warning to residents urging them to stay away from armadillos, the animals they believe are causing this rise in cases of leprosy, also known as Hansen’s Disease.
Though the CDC admits the chances of getting leprosy from an armadillo is slim, but since they care the bacteria associated with the illness, it’s best to just stay away.
“Although the mode of transmission of Hansen’s disease is not clearly defined, most investigators believe that (Hansen’s) is usually spread person-to-person in respiratory droplets following extended close contact with an infected person, such as living in the same household,” Department of Health deputy press secretary Brad Dalton said.
“Extended close contact with infected armadillos may also pose exposure risk to (Hansen’s),” Dalton added. “For many cases, the exposure causing the infection is unknown because it can take months or years for illness to develop. Generally, you don’t want to be playing with wild animals anyway.”
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