One of humanity’s oldest illnesses, leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is a chronic infectious disease caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae. The disease affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, the mucosa of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes, as well as other structures. Leprosy has affected humanity for thousands of years and about 200 cases are reported per year in the United States.
According to health officials three cases of leprosy have been confirmed in Volusia County, Florida just this week. Two of them got the disease after coming into contact with armadillos.