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It’s likely that a third of leprosy-infected Americans got it from armadillos

Leprosy researchers have found genetically-similar strains of leprosy in humans and armadillos.

Until now, scientists believed leprosy was passed only from human to human. Every year, 100 to 150 people in the United States are diagnosed with the malady, also known as Hansen’s disease. Though many have traveled to countries where the disease is relatively common, as many as one-third don’t know where they picked it up.

Most of those cases are in Texas and Louisiana, where leprosy-infected armadillos live.

Also, I’m guessing it would be in bad taste to call these people lepers.

From The Seattle Times, via The Morning News.

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