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Armadillo leprosy found in US patients: study
AFP ^ | April 27, 2011 | Kerry Sheridan

Posted on 04/27/2011 3:53:11 PM PDT by decimon

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A strain of leprosy found in armadillos has been identified in dozens of people in the southern United States, indicating the skin disease can be transmitted directly from animals to humans.

The findings are the first to confirm a long-suspected link between the disease in armadillos and humans, but are not a sign that a new epidemic is underway, researchers said.

Rather, the report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the disease, most often found in India, can originate in the United States and infect humans who hunt armadillo and butcher the meat.

"I'm sure it is not new. I am sure it has been there for really quite some period of time. It does not change the risk," lead study author Richard Truman of Louisiana State University told AFP.

"What we are really doing right now is being able to recognize and prove it does occur."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: armadillo; leprosy

1 posted on 04/27/2011 3:53:13 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

“humans who hunt armadillo and butcher the meat”

W H Y ?


2 posted on 04/27/2011 3:54:33 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

People in Louisiana swamps eat anything.


3 posted on 04/27/2011 3:57:31 PM PDT by DallasDeb
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To: Christian Engineer Mass
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4 posted on 04/27/2011 4:01:16 PM PDT by digger48
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To: decimon

That’s what I was wondering too, WHO eats armadillo meat? Sounds like a nasty illness too.


5 posted on 04/27/2011 4:06:27 PM PDT by DeskCaptain
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To: decimon
I remember being told about this back when I was a kid, mumblety mumble years ago.

I was going to ask if journalists fact checked anymore, but that question is so stupid I smacked my own forehead.

BTW, armadillo is good eats. Not nearly as greasy as 'possum.

/johnny

6 posted on 04/27/2011 4:10:03 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: decimon
My grandkids found one on my property not too long ago.


7 posted on 04/27/2011 4:10:15 PM PDT by Alice in Wonderland
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To: digger48

On Rigel 4, there is a race of armadillos that make matching suit case sets out of human skins...


8 posted on 04/27/2011 4:10:24 PM PDT by jonascord (The Drug War Rapes the Constitution.)
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To: DallasDeb

“People in Louisiana swamps eat anything.”

It is not just for Louisiana anymore.
I grew up, and spent almost 60 years in west Tennessee.

I had never seen an Armadillo outside of a zoo, until
about 1990, when they started turning up everywhere.
They were really bad about rooting up the yard, and
it became common to see dead ones all over the highways.


9 posted on 04/27/2011 4:11:03 PM PDT by AlexW (Proud eligibility skeptic)
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To: decimon

I remember those things from back when we lived in Louisiana. They tear up your lawn at night and seem to be attracted to highways


10 posted on 04/27/2011 4:18:46 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

probly caus there aint no publix near bouts to grab sum berger!


11 posted on 04/27/2011 4:21:05 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: decimon

Possum on the Half Shell


12 posted on 04/27/2011 4:21:55 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: decimon

First thought-

Use a condom


13 posted on 04/27/2011 4:29:21 PM PDT by maine yankee
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To: decimon

imbedded armidilo,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1RgUO5E9fw


14 posted on 04/27/2011 4:32:01 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: fso301

I’ve heard that they’re born dead by the road like possums.


15 posted on 04/27/2011 4:40:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: decimon
While it's the sort of thing I'd be perfectly happy seeing cut from the fedguv's budget, the National Hansen's Disease Museum in Carville, LA is actually a fascinating place. Up until the 50's the NHS quarantined leprosy patients in a handful of such places around the country. When the disease finally became treatable on an outpatient basis (largely as a result of research using armadillos) the internees were given the option of leaving or, for those who had never lived or worked in the outside world and/or whose families had abandoned them, they were given the option of remaining at Carville. If I'm not mistaken, there are still a handful of Hansen's patients living there on the compound that houses the museum and is administered by the LA National Guard.
16 posted on 04/27/2011 4:42:58 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: decimon

If there is an eager market for armadillo all the while a concern over the safety of the meat, why not start an armadillo farm? Sounds like a unique business opportunity to me.


17 posted on 04/27/2011 4:43:07 PM PDT by KantianBurke (Hey Tea Party folks - what about Social Security reform?)
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To: t1b8zs

You beat me to it!!! Good eatin dat is...

Oh well, at least we still have crawdads and frog legs. and jambalaya... and po’boys... and gumbo... and etouffee...
(I gotta stop now, I’m making myself hungry and there ain’t a decent restaurant in sight)


18 posted on 04/27/2011 4:55:36 PM PDT by Have Ruck - Will Travel (Hmm, I wonder what would happen if I...)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Interesting. Thanks.

It would be good to see ‘leper colony’ become some obscure term people have to research to understand.


19 posted on 04/27/2011 5:02:25 PM PDT by decimon
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To: neverdem; DvdMom; grey_whiskers; Ladysmith; Roos_Girl; Silentgypsy; conservative cat; ...

Ping


20 posted on 04/27/2011 5:03:03 PM PDT by decimon
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To: KantianBurke
If there is an eager market for armadillo all the while a concern over the safety of the meat, why not start an armadillo farm?

I suspect that any such eager market is a small market.

21 posted on 04/27/2011 5:05:34 PM PDT by decimon
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

“Hoover hogs.”


22 posted on 04/27/2011 5:05:47 PM PDT by donozark ("Never wound a King." Machiavelli)
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To: decimon
I was invited for a visit last year by somebody who works there. I actually met one of the former internees (an elderly black gentlemen) who was one of the patients who opted to stay, and still does some odd jobs around the museum and who makes himself available to researchers for interviews.

It's odd, because while I was there, there were photos from a leprosarium in Hawaii, and that triggered long buried memories of my aunt, a retired Army nurse, who had talked about visiting the Hawaiian leprosarium when I was a little kid. After visiting I tried to find more stuff online to read about it, but it's a phenomenon for which there is very, very little info available out there.

23 posted on 04/27/2011 5:13:02 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: NYTexan; SouthTexas

Really bad news for your team NYT...


24 posted on 04/27/2011 5:13:18 PM PDT by tubebender (Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.)
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To: DeskCaptain

>> “WHO eats armadillo meat?” <<

.
People that eat Texas Chili.


25 posted on 04/27/2011 5:13:46 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: tubebender
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Guess I'll just get drunk then...

26 posted on 04/27/2011 5:21:09 PM PDT by NYTexan
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To: editor-surveyor

Armadillos have a survival mechanism where when the see a shadow spread over them they jump as high as they can. This works for hawks but not so good when you try to straddle them on the roadway. Little known fact.


27 posted on 04/27/2011 5:27:58 PM PDT by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: tubebender; NYTexan

This has been an accepted wives tale for as long as I can remember.

Nothing new, move along, oh and have one for me. ;)


28 posted on 04/27/2011 8:35:17 PM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Look up Father Damien (Now St. Damien) of Kalaupapa on Molokai. This may be what you aunt talked about.


29 posted on 04/27/2011 9:11:05 PM PDT by jonascord (The Drug War Rapes the Constitution.)
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To: decimon

From the tone of the posts here, I think the concept of a Leper Colony is joining polio in the history books. Good place for them.


30 posted on 04/27/2011 9:14:49 PM PDT by jonascord (The Drug War Rapes the Constitution.)
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To: fso301

“They tear up your lawn at night and seem to be attracted to highways.”

LOL!

SSS works real well around my neck of the woods. They never make it to the highways.


31 posted on 04/28/2011 8:08:03 AM PDT by poobear (FACTS - the turd in the punch bowl of liberal thought!)
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