Florida's 9 Leprosy Cases Linked To Armadillos
After nine cases of leprosy were reported in Florida, residents were advised to avoid armadillos because they carry the disease.By Christian Bryant | July 21, 2015
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling Floridians to avoid armadillos after a rise in leprosy cases.
According to local outlets, nine cases have been reported so far this year. That's nearly Florida's annual average, within just seven months. (Video via Jim Mullhaupt / CC BY NC ND 2.0)
"What's happened this year is not necessarily concerning, but what is interesting is those cases involved people who were in direct contact with armadillos," Dr. Sunil Joshi told WFOX.