99. Armadillos and Leprosy

29 Apr

Filled with leeeppprrrrooooossyyyyyy!

FACT: Leprosy is not pleasant. It is a condition caused by Mycobacterium Leprae, a decidedly nasty bacterium that revels in the infection of human skin, causing damage to eyes, tissue, nervous system and even the respiratory system.

So it is a nasty thing; fortunately it is difficult to catch or pass on and once it shows it is easy to treat. However you probably are not often in the presence

of ‘lepers’ so you may think are fine, but no.

There are 200,000 cases of leprosy globally each year, and many of them are due to the common or garden armadillo. These funny little creatures often carry leprosy, originally transmitted to them by humans. So it is natural that they return the favour. The problem here is that Armadillos, do not have their own strain of the bacterium, they instead have the exact same bacteria that infects us, meaning they can transmit it back to us.

But how? How can an armadillo give you leprosy,’ I do not often inhale Armadillo nose and mouth droplets‘ I hear you cry. Luckily for all involved you are correct on this account, it is not an easy thing to get leprosy from armadillo droplets. Just about the only form of transmission is via the consumption of their physical beings a.k.a eating them.

Now you know, armadillos can give you leprosy, but not very easily. Just avoid armadillo steaks and it should all be fine.


Posted by on April 29, 2011 in Trivia


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5 responses to “99. Armadillos and Leprosy

  1. Anonymous

    May 31, 2015 at 22:11

    peanut butter

  2. Doctor Reginald Garganta

    November 12, 2014 at 16:32

    The African gargi armidilo carries a highly contagious bacterial disease called OOCHI. To prevent apply daily spf 15 or higher sunscreen to yourself. Side effects include nausea, red rashes, itchy arms, strange purple lumps, and eyelashes falling off, and death may occur if not seen by a doctor immediately.

    • Anonymous

      October 11, 2017 at 15:06

      What does that have to do with an armadillo?

  3. kitty meow

    November 12, 2014 at 16:25

    baby dolphins

  4. Anonymous

    October 30, 2013 at 17:10



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