Florida county sees small, rare increase in leprosy cases

February 28, 2015 3:16 AM

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Three people have been diagnosed with the bacterial infection, two of whom got the disease after coming into contact with armadillos.

Leprosy -- also known as Hansen's disease -- mainly affects the skin, nerves and mucus membranes causing skin lesions, growths and thick or dry skin, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. It can also cause severe pain, muscle weakness or paralysis and eye problems.

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