As infectious diseases go, leprosy is still one of the least well-understood, in part because the Mycobacterium is difficult to culture for research and it has only one other animal host, the nine banded armadillo.
Interesting. Chimps, gorillas and orangutans can't be infected?
I'm not a Dr., a microbiologist, nor a primatologist, but I know leprosy is very temperature sensitive, and that armadillos run cold, and I think
we do too relative to other primates.
Even so leprosy tends to attack the colder appendages on humans.
posted on 06/14/2009 8:59:39 PM PDT
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Good question. Dunno. Apparently not, or PETA would be all over this. ;’)
posted on 06/15/2009 7:25:53 AM PDT
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