|Title||Leprosy in five armadillo handlers.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Authors||Lumpkin LR, Cox GF, Wolf JE|
|Abbrev. Journal||J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.|
|Journal||Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology|
|Year of Publication||1983|
|Keywords||Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Animals, Armadillos, Dapsone, Disease Reservoirs, Humans, Leprosy, Male, Middle Aged, Texas, Xenarthra|
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.