Armadillos and Hansen's Disease (Leprosy)
Some armadillos in the southern United States are naturally infected with Hansen's disease.
While it’s possible for you to get the disease from an armadillo, the risk is low. Most people who come into contact with armadillos are unlikely to get Hansen’s disease.
But, if you decide to see a doctor because of your contact with an armadillo, make sure you provide a complete history of armadillo contact. Your doctor can determine whether or not you have the disease. In the unlikely event that you get Hansen’s disease, your doctor can also help you get treatment.
When possible, avoid contact with armadillos, so you’ll be more certain you’re not at risk for the disease.
- Page last reviewed: April 29, 2013
- Page last updated: April 29, 2013
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