Mississippi State Department of Health

Leprosy (Hansen's Disease)


Leprosy, or Hansen's disease, is a bacterial infection that affects the skin and peripheral nerves. While the disease progresses very slowly, without antibiotic treatment, it can lead to permanent disability.

Because some armadillos in the southeastern U.S. are naturally infected with a bacteria that can cause Hansen's disease, you should avoid handling or other contact with armadillos.

Additional Resources

For more information contact:

Links referenced on this page
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)    https://www.cdc.gov/leprosy/
county health department    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/19,0,166,html ok

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