Leprosy Not So Ancient Disease: Three New Cases Diagnosed in Florida

February 28, 2015 8:44 PM

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Over the past five months, health authorities report that three new cases of leprosy were diagnosed in Volusia County, Florida, suggesting that this disease might not be as ancient as we had hoped. Before identifying these three new patients as infected with the disease, only one single case of leprosy had been diagnosed in Volusia in the last 10 years.

Two of the three newly-diagnosed cases, health officials explain, have been linked to recent contact with the only known animal carrier of Mycobacterium Leprae (the causing agent of the disease) in the US, nine-banded armadillos.

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