Say What?!: Spitting Armadillos Are Spreading Leprosy in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Nine people in Florida have been diagnosed with leprosy so far this year, several of whom reported recent contact with armadillos.

The claim has led wildlife and health officials to suggest spitting armadillos are at least partially to blame for the slight uptick in cases — in a state that normally averages 10 leprosy diagnoses per year.

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