Microbiologists and dermatologists are increasingly focusing on the risk of a human contracting leprosy or Hansen’s disease from contact with an armadillo, the only other animal besides humans known to harbor the bacteria. Experts estimate that up to 15% of the 30 to 50 million armadillos indigenous to the United States may be infected. Drs. John Abide, Richard Truman, and James Krahenbuhl comment.
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