Leprosy (Hansen's Disease)

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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.

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Last reviewed on Nov 21, 2018 request edits
Mississippi State Department of Health 570 East Woodrow Wilson Dr Jackson, MS 39216 866‑HLTHY4U Contact and information

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