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Armadillos as vectors of Hansen’s disease

Zoonotic transmission of Mycobacterium leprae to humans by 9 banded armadillos was reported in the Southern United States of America, mainly in Texas, Louisiana and Florida. Armadillos’ meat are consumed in some areas of Brazil, including Para state.  This consumption includes a kind of ceviche using raw liver of armadillos. Researchers detected in the study genetic material of Mycobacterium leprae by PCR in 10 of the 16 animals included, in addition antibodies to a Mycobacterium leprae specific antigen, phenolic glycolipid, was […]