Friday, July 12, 2013

Armadillos Can Spread Leprosy

 Armadillos are often used in the study of leprosy, since they are among the few known species that can contract the disease systemically. 

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It's the armadillos unusually low body temperature that makes them susceptible to the leprosy causing bacterium. Humans can acquire a leprosy infection from armadillos by handling them or consuming armadillo meat.  It is believed that armadillos originally contracted the disease from humans sometime in the late 15th Century.

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