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.