How do you catch leprosy from an armadillo? This is some weird stuff.

Three people have been diagnosed with leprosy in Florida and some of the cases are thought to be linked to armadillos.

Health officials in Volusia County said that the cases are not related, though two of those who have been diagnosed with Hansen’s disease, or leprosy, since October had been in contact with nine-banded armadillos.

The incubation period for the disease can run up to 10 years, so the armadillo exposure did not have to be recent, Dr. Paul Rehme of the Volusia County Health Department told WESH.

About 95 per cent of people have a natural immunity to the bacteria carried by the leather-shelled mammals.

Wild armadillos ‘are a large natural reservoir for M. leprae,’ a 2011 study in the New England Journal said of the animal’s relationship to the microbe.

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