Leprosy, or Hansen's disease, is a bacterial infection that affects the skin and peripheral nerves. While the disease progresses very slowly, without antibiotic treatment, it can lead to permanent disability.
Because some armadillos in the southeastern U.S. are naturally infected with a bacteria that can cause Hansen's disease, you should avoid handling or other contact with armadillos.Additional Resources
For more information contact:
- A county health department near you
- MSDH's Health Info Hotline: 1-866-HLTHY4U (1-866-458-4948)