(MD) Leprosy, an infectious disease that was once so feared that patients were isolated in remote colonies, has emerged in the US Southeast.
Writing in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) December 2015 Emerging Infectious Diseases, Rahul Sharma PhD r and colleagues report that Microbacterium leprae, the bacterium that causes leprosy, has been detected at new levels in armadillos and humans in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
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"Leprosy appears to be an emerging infection of armadillos throughout the southeastern United States," Sharma and colleagues wrote. The slow-moving animals (seen in photo) are known to harbor the bacterium and believed to transmit it to people. - See more at: http://www.hcplive.com/medical-news/leprosy-is--on-the-move-in-us-cdc-says?utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=HCPLive&utm_campaign=Trending_News_2-19-16#sthash.w1eGXIkq.dpuf