Doctors are reporting that cases of leprosy is on the rise, especially in Florida where they average 10 cases a year but already have 9 this year. Altogether, the United States averages 200 cases a year. Leprosy is a disease that causes colored patches on the skin and can damage the eyes, nerves and limbs. As late as the 1980s there were millions of cases reported every year world wide. Recently that number has dropped to around 230,000 cases a year.
Doctors are warning about coming into contact with armadillos that are known to carry the disease. Armadillo sightings in Florida have greatly increased this year. Although armadillos do carry the disease most cases come from people coming into the United States from countries with a high rate of leprosy. Thank you, Obama. There are a lot of diseases that we had wiped out in this country that are making a comeback thanks to Obama’s refugees.
Some readers echoed warnings about coming in contact with armadillos, saying that people should be cautious when interacting with one.
“I’m from middle Fla… known this for years! Guys, just don’t touch and play with one! It’s that simple. C’mon! Use your common sense!” one Newsiosity reader commented on the site’s Facebook page.
“It has been know since the seventies at least. Google armadillos and leprosy and see. We have always had incidental cases of leprosy here and there was a leprosarium in south Louisiana,” another wrote.
Truman added that people should still exercise caution when coming in contact with an armadillos, but clarified that there was no need to panic because of the fact that the majority of the 150-200 new annual cases come from people who were previously in countries with higher leprosy rates.
“Between Texas and Louisiana and the southern United States, many millions of people have direct or indirect exposure to armadillos every day,” he said.