As If It Couldn’t Get Any Stranger, Florida Now Has Leprosy Infected Armadillos
GOOD – Florida health and wildlife experts are warning residents to steer clear of armadillos in light of a reported spike in cases of leprosy.
So far this year, nine cases have been reported in Florida, according to the state Department of Health. Between two and 12 cases are reported each year, an agency spokesman told WTLV on Tuesday.
“Hansen’s disease, formerly known as leprosy, is caused by Mycobacterium leprae bacteria,” which has also been found in nine-banded armadillos, deputy press secretary Brad Dalton said in a email.
Just when you think Florida is starting to settle down, leprosy infected armadillos are roaming around, and people are apparently approaching them? Of all the animals that look pet-table, armadillos are shockingly low on the list. If I saw an armadillo, the last thing I’d probably want to do is pet it. As surprising as this is, that it’s happening in Florida is the least surprising part of all of it. If you said to me ‘leprosy armadillos’ I’d immediately say that has to be happening in Florida. It’s reputation precedes itself, and I’m glad to see that it’s still as insane as ever.