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Posted on 04/30/2011 4:55:16 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Armadillos blamed for leprosy
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.
6:19PM BST 28 Apr 2011
The report published 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.
Leprosy, sometimes called Hansen's disease after the Norwegian doctor who discovered it in 1873, is a bacterial infection that causes lesions on a person's extremities.
About 249,000 new cases were reported globally in 2008, and about 150 cases arise in the United States each year.
Left untreated, it can lead to blindness and nerve damage that cripples the hands and feet, but it is usually curable with antibiotics.
The team of US and Swiss researchers looked at 50 leprosy patients in the United States and 33 wild armadillos with the disease.
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Must be good at removing shotgun pellets from games eventually.
I dropped a small (less than foot long pecan wood) stick on the head of one to get it out of my garden. That thing hopped, jumped and flopped around like it was in the mortal thrall of death itself!
I’ve never seen an animal put on such a fake show as that. Maybe birds trying to fake an injured limb to draw a predator away from the nest is the nearest thing like it.
I guess it is a survival technique because it sure freaked me out. I thought it was having a fit.
This is going to upset the AR15.com boys!
“Must be good at removing shotgun pellets from games eventually.”
I’d think calling in a napalm strike would get the critter and also barbecue it. But I bet the veggies would be overdone, unless you’re talking kudzu or collards.
Pardon me, do you have any Poupon?
Would smell like gasoline, though.
That photo reminds me of some parts of Maine as much as the south. The body of that old Olds on blocks would be rusted right through if it was, though. I’m calling southeast Ohio. They’ve got union written all over them, those two.
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That would explain why the concrete blocks are supporting that Olds by its sheetmetal floors, rather than the frame rails.
Poor Huckadillo is not going to be pleased with this news.
I am not trying to offend but that is the most unappetizing food/animal/critter whatever that I have seen in a long time.
What did the leper say to the prostitute?
You can keep the tip.
Nobody said they were bright, lol.
Why was the leper hockey game canceled? There was a face off in the corner.