Three New Leprosy Cases Confirmed In Florida

February 28, 2015 1:34 PM

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According to Health officials in Florida three people in Volusia County have been tested positive for leprosy. Two of the three cases have been linked to close contact with nine banded armadillo which is suspected to be the carrier of the bacteria in Sothern U.S. as per the paper which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2011. The paper analyzed the genomes of the wild armadillo along with three leprosy patients.

Leprosy is also known as Hansen disease after Gerhard Armauer Hansen who had proved that leprosy was a specific disease with a specific cause and not hereditary or caused due to bad air. Most humans are not susceptible to the bacteria. The disease is transmitted via discharge from the nose or the mo...

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