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On Sep 1, 2015, ed rhodes wrote:
Arthur and Gregor;

Because he had a gun and there was an armadillo there.

Not to turn this to a gun debate, but not EVERYONE who owns a gun makes clearly rational choices.


It's not about a gun debate, it's about having a gun and killing undefended animals only for the "joy" to kill something.
Armadillos are not famous for being lethal killer animals.
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They carry leprosy.
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And vomit million of locusts, and turns the rivers in seas of blood...
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No, I don't believe that armadillos do those things. But they do carry leprosy.
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No, I don't believe that armadillos do those things. But they do carry leprosy.
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No, I don't believe that armadillos do those things. But they do carry leprosy.


Only two species are known to carry leprosy (Hansen's disease)--9-banded armadillos and humans.

Fortunately, the disease is reasonably rare in North America and easy to treat with antibiotics.

But if we had to eliminate one of the carrier species, it'd be a tough call as to which one...
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On Sep 1, 2015, 0pus wrote:
No, I don't believe that armadillos do those things. But they do carry leprosy.


Only two species are known to carry leprosy (Hansen's disease)--9-banded armadillos and humans.

Fortunately, the disease is reasonably rare in North America and easy to treat with antibiotics.

But if we had to eliminate one of the carrier species, it'd be a tough call as to which one...


Feel free to start the elimination. n
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According to Smithsonian.com: The risk of transmission of leprosy from armadillos to humans is low. Only the nine-banded armadillo is known to carry the disease. And in fact, most people in the U.S. who come down with leprosy get it from other humans while traveling outside the country.

Experts say the easiest way to avoid contagion is to simply avoid unnecessary contact with the critters. And they advise not to go hunting, skinning or eating them.
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Fun Armadillo Fact:

In the original version of Dracula with Bela Lugosi, armadillos are seen scurrying about among the coffins in the cellar of Castle Dracula in Transylvania. Of course they are no armadillos in that part of the world, but the director evidently thought they were creepier than the rats that were described in the novel- especially in a dimly lit cellar. (And rather easy to find in Southern California.)

And they WERE pretty creepy.

Vampire armadillos?
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I googled "Vampire Armadillos" and found this weird article....
http://www.bradford-delong.com/2011/10/h......ula.html
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No, I don't believe that armadillos do those things. But they do carry leprosy.



I know that they are naturally infected with leprosy, my post was sarcastic about how "leprosy" is generally figured in peope's mind.

And about how poor informations cause panic - Example: Armadillos carry leprosy, I've got an armadillo in my backyard, maybe I am getting leprosy right now, I've got two choices: scare it to make it run away or kill it. I kill it, I throw it away....i am in hospital with leprosy. Divine justice, in my opinion, but anyway...

Some anti-panic lines (some already stated in previous posts):

- Leprosy was brought to armadillos by europeans 500 years ago, so it's a "monster" we created. Leprosy can jump between the two species

- Only one specie of armadillo carry leprosy and there are 20 species of them, the possibility of contagion for humans is very low. The best way to avoid this low possibility is leaving them alone and stay away from them.

- The 9 people infected in Florida, they had come in close and prolonged contact with the animal.
Shooting at them surely increase the possibility of contagion.

"Two male patients had killed armadillos near their houses":

http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2011/......rmadillo
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/42788111/ns/he......mL_ntlBc
http://www.livescience.com/13910-leprosy......ans.html

And by the way, also humans naturally develop and carry leprosy. I've got one in my backyard right now, Sonia, gimme the gun.
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Only the nine-banded armadillo is known to carry the disease.


So we don't know whether armadillos with different numbers of bands carry the disease.

Why take any chances?
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Why take chances indeed! Don't shoot them so you don't have to come into contact with a possibly contaminated armadillo carcass.
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