Can armadillos transmit leprosy to people?

What is an armadillo?

An armadillo is a living thing under the kingdom Animalia. It is an animal with a hard shell which is mainly used as a protection of the lower softer parts of its body in times of danger. An armadillo is an omnivore but they generally feed on insects and other snacks such as worms, frogs and snakes.

What is leprosy?

Leprosy is a disease that is caused by a bacteria known as Mycobacterium leprae. Some of the main signs to show a person suffering from leprosy include; inability to feel pain in case of injury, loss of body parts which is as a result of time to time injuries and poor eyesight.
This disease may be spread between people. This may occur through coughs or any long term contact with fluids emitting from the nose of infected persons.

Do armadillos carry the bacteria causing leprosy?

Armadillos are known to carry the bacteria that cause leprosy in human beings. This bacteria hosts itself on the animals blood and tissues.

Can the bacteria be spread to human beings?

• There is a very low potential for the leprosy spreading between armadillos and human beings. Most human beings are immune to the bacteria that cause leprosy in human beings. Despite immunity to this bacteria, there are extremely low cases of the spread of leprosy from armadillos to human beings.
• Most people may not have any knowledge that they god into contact with these animals but it may have happened in instances where human beings get into contact with armadillos when engaging in their activities such as gardening.
• There are people who consume these armadillos as part of their diet. This again increases the risk for the infection since one gets into contact with armadillo's blood and tissues where the bacteria hosts itself.


In conclusion, it is evident that in some cases, leprosy may be spread from armadillos to human beings and it mainly occurs as a result of any contact with this animal.

Can armadillos transmit leprosy to people?

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