Leprosy Cases Triple in FL – No, It Isn’t Armadillos

Saturday, August 20, 2016
By Paul Martin

From Patricia Doyle

Hello Jeff – Leprosy cases triple in Florida. Now you know the rest of the story. The government is packing refugees into Florida. No wonder the Leprosy cases have tripled. Refugees from Venezuela and other countries that have Leprosy fill Florida and voila…Leprosy cases triple. It isn’t Armadillos, either.

Hello Jeff – I forgot to add the article with my Leprosy comment above. Could not find the article I intended to send but this one is similar.

Leprosy cases triple and, no, as I said, this isn’t the result of Armadillos or Global Warming! Armadillos have been around a LING time probably thousands of years yet, after the refugee and illegal resettlement in Florida increases lo and behold we have Leprosy cases increasing triple.

Where were all the Leprosy cases 20 or 30 years ago? Oh now we have a huge increase in refugees from Leprosy endemic countries in Florida and lo and behold again, more Leprosy.

Mexico, India, Nepal, Africa are some of the places where you will find Leprosy. Florida has hosted refugees from those same areas of the world. Armadillos? Hell no.

You do the math and do the figuring.


US News » Leprosy cases nearly triple in Florida in 2015
Leprosy cases nearly triple in Florida in 2015
Posted by Robert Herriman on January 1, 2016

The number of confirmed cases of Hansen’s disease, or leprosy in Florida increased from 10 in 2014 to 27 in 2015, according to Florida Department of Health data.
Florida map/National Atlas of the United States

Florida map/National Atlas of the United States

Brevard County alone reported 11 confirmed leprosy cases, while 12 other counties saw 1 or 2 confirmed cases. Outbreak News Today reached out to the Brevard County Health Department for a statement as to the cause of such an increase (more physician awareness, more hunter exposure to armadillos, etc) compared to 2014 when 3 cases were confirmed and health officials responded with the following generic comment:

Hansen’s disease, formerly known as leprosy, is caused by Mycobacterium leprae (M. leprae )bacteria. The infection has also been identified in nine-banded armadillos. Approximately 95 percent of people are resistant to infection; people who develop clinical illness can experience a wide range of clinical manifestations, but typically develop infections involving the skin, peripheral nerves and nasal mucosa.

Although the mode of transmission of Hansen’s disease is not clearly defined, most investigators believe that M. leprae is usually spread person-to-person in respiratory droplets following extended close contact with an infected person, such as living in the same household. Extended close contact with infected armadillos may also pose exposure risk to M. leprae. For many cases, the exposure causing the infection is unknown because it can take months or years for illness to develop. In Florida, between 2 and 12 cases are reported each year. – See more at:

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