Leprosy in five armadillo handlers.

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TitleLeprosy in five armadillo handlers.
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsLumpkin LR, Cox GF, Wolf JE
Abbrev. JournalJ. Am. Acad. Dermatol.
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Year of Publication1983
Volume9
Issue6
Pagination899-903
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Aged, Animals, Armadillos, Dapsone, Disease Reservoirs, Humans, Leprosy, Male, Middle Aged, Texas, Xenarthra
Abstract

Five patients with leprosy are presented. Each had had extensive and chronic contact with armadillos. No other potential risk factor for the development of leprosy could be identified. Since the nine-banded armadillo is a known carrier of leprosy in the southern area of the United States, we believe that these patients may have contracted leprosy from infected armadillos.

PubMed URL

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6643788?dopt=Abstract

DOI10.1016/s0190-9622(83)70206-9

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