Armadillos linked to Leprosy in humans

It had long been believed that the disease was passed only from human to human. The new finding may explain the origin of the malady for those in the U.S. who don’t know where they picked it up.

Aside from humans, armadillos are the only other natural hosts of leprosy in the world. In some parts of the South, more than 20% of armadillos have the infection. (JIM WATSON, AFP/Getty Images / April 28, 2011)

Mystery illness at Playboy Mansion linked to bacterium that causes Legionnaires disease
By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times

They’re cute. They’re often roadkill. Some gourmands say they’re tasty, whether baked or barbecued.

Now Louisiana researchers have learned something else about nine-banded armadillos.
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