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Yes, an Armadillo Can Give You Leprosy

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the wear-a-saddle-every-time dept.

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sciencehabit writes "For years, scientists have speculated that armadillos can pass on leprosy to humans, and that they are behind the few dozen cases of the disease that occur in the US every year. Now, they have evidence. A genetic study published in The New England Journal of Medicine shows that US armadillos and human patients share what seems to be a unique strain of the bacterium that causes leprosy. If an armadillo's blood 'got on my tires of my car from running [the animal] over, I would wash it down,' advises one expert. 'And I would not dig in soil that has a lot of armadillo excrement.'"

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Leprosy can be cured. (4, Funny)

Dr.Bob,DC (2076168) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967518)


I've never run across a patient with leprosy but in The Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, I read about a person in Texas who went to her Chirporactor with leprosy sores. The Doctor performed some excellent manipulations which got the patient's nervous system in tip-top shape to battle the infection.

After intense treatments the leprosy was GONE.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (3, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967582)

There's just one problem with curing leprosy: bloody do-gooders [youtube.com] .

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

feedayeen (1322473) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967584)

I've never run across a patient with leprosy but in The Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, I read about a person in Texas who went to her Chirporactor with leprosy sores. The Doctor performed some excellent manipulations which got the patient's nervous system in tip-top shape to battle the infection. After intense treatments the leprosy was GONE.

Morbo says, "BOdies do not work that way!" -Futurama reference

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (5, Funny)

turkeyfeathers (843622) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967586)

Correlation does not imply causation. It could be that the patient took some effective homeopathic medicines after seeing her Chiropractor and that's what cured the leprosy.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

Dr.Bob,DC (2076168) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967642)

I don't remember the full story but she didn't want any Big Pharma poisons in her. That's why she went to a chiro for healing.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (2)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967768)

Chiropractors don't work that way. They realign the spine and frequently give exercises to keep the core strong and healthy, this would be way out of their typical scope of practice. And there's little overlap there, pharmaceuticals don't solve postural problems, at best they'll loosen up a back spasm, but they definitely won't do anything for the underlying condition.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967820)

You got Trolled!
Let it go.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

Dr.Bob,DC (2076168) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967846)

Oh no, that's old school. A modern chiropractor offers much more; vitamins & supplements, some homeopathic and naturopath medicines. Some have acupuncturists in clinic. Many offer courses discussing the dangers of vaccines and autism.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (2)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967884)

Many offer courses discussing the dangers of vaccines and autism.

So they are quacks, then, right? Did you miss the memo about how that study that was linking vaccines to autism was a complete fraud [cnn.com] ?

An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study's author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study -- and that there was "no doubt" Wakefield was responsible.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

stewbacca (1033764) | more than 3 years ago | (#35969050)

I think you missed the sarcasm tag...or at least I hope you did and he wasn't serious.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967896)

Many offer courses discussing the dangers of vaccines and autism.

Do they talk about how there is no danger and the whole "vaccines cause autism" scare is a load of crap propagated by unethical scientists and desperate people looking for anyone to blame for their child's condition?

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967930)

But...but...Jenny McCarthy said it's true!!! Jenny McCarthy would never lie about that!

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967910)

Oh and another great quote such as this:

Wakefield has been unable to reproduce his results in the face of criticism, and other researchers have been unable to match them. Most of his co-authors withdrew their names from the study in 2004 after learning he had had been paid by a law firm that intended to sue vaccine manufacturers -- a serious conflict of interest he failed to disclose. After years on controversy, the Lancet, the prestigious journal that originally published the research, retracted Wakefield's paper last February.

The hallmark of a credible study is when you can't even reproduce your results!

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967860)

Chiropractors don't work that way. They realign the spine and frequently give exercises to keep the core strong and healthy, this would be way out of their typical scope of practice.

There's a lot of people that think that chiropractors can cure diseases by realignments and things like that. It's crazy, but people also believe in homeopathic "medicine", which is really just water with about .00000001% of something else in it. A lot of chiropractors are into alternative medicine type stuff. I knew one guy, he would go to the store, buy some raw steak, and eat it in the car on the way home.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967898)

which is really just water with about .00000001% of something else in it.

You give them far too much credit. The more likely percentage is 0%.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

eleuthero (812560) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968912)

which is really just water with about .00000001% of something else in it.

You give them far too much credit. The more likely percentage is 0%.

No, it has to be flavored with something to make it taste awful--otherwise it wouldn't be effective at deluding people into thinking it was real. High levels of alcohol in the water might be part of the scam.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968192)

There are a surprising number of ailments (all caused by irritated and pinched nerves) that a chiropractor can alleviate. Most of it can also be handled by yoga postures practiced at home.

I don't think leprosy is one of those ailments though.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968224)

There are a surprising number of ailments (all caused by irritated and pinched nerves) that a chiropractor can alleviate.

You're right, but those aren't viral/bacterial diseases. They're all skeletal issues. After 12 years of football my neck cracks a lot, and I've thought about going to see a chiropractor to have it looked at. But if I get sick or have pain, I'm going to a doctor.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (2)

sjames (1099) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968936)

Many of the conditions aren't skeletal at all. The digestive tract for example seems to be especially vulnerable to chronic issues caused by nerve irritation or compression. Conventional western medicine seems to be particularly bad at correctly diagnosing those conditions. However, you're quite right that none of them are viral or bacterial diseases.

A holistic approach does suggest that if the patient suffers chronic pain or disruption of the sympathetic nervous system, they may also have immune suppression and a susceptibility to infection secondary to that, and that is most likely why some percentage of the population swears chiropracty can cure infection. However, that's quite different from treating primary infection or even acutely treating secondary infection. For that, you need antibiotics.

The good news with leprosy is that we now know a combination of drugs with a 100% cure rate.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

CODiNE (27417) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968234)

Never know, a chiro could fix a lymphatic problem that lets a persons body heal itself when it otherwise couldn't.

Not saying leprosy would heal, but just the general idea.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (2)

Dr.Bob,DC (2076168) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968436)

Chiropractors specialize in nervous system function. If there were a subluxation around the spot where the nerves from the spine ran to the lymphatic system, there's no doubt in my mind that I could treat the subluxation and have the lymph system deal with the infection.

Subluxations are worse than cancer.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968670)

Leprosy works by killing cells that are vital to the neuron function. It's not a matter of lymph or bone alignment, the cells are deprived of their energy supply and starve.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

Paracelcus (151056) | more than 3 years ago | (#35969722)

I once had a loonie bitch tell me that she could cure my diabetes, heart trouble, etc by having me drink herbal tea, you know, eye of newt..

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (2)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967780)

I'm pretty sure that we can rule out the possibility of the patient having taken an effective homeopathic medicine on grounds of internal consistency...(unless they were suffering from thirst, of course. Homeopathic medicines are overpriced for that affliction; but efficacious).

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967968)

I think you got whooshed there....

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968564)

Leprosy has a fairly high recovery chance (50% IIRC) even in the rare case that it does break out (most people will not catch leprosy even when infected with the pathogen, the immune system fends it off). It doesn't need an external cause.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967626)

It's like Jesus healing the lepers, only instead of a miracle, this is pseudoscience bunkum.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35967716)

> I've never run across a patient with leprosy

It's called "Hansen's disease," you insensitive clod!

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35967966)

> I've never run across a patient with leprosy

It's called "Hansen's disease," you insensitive clod!

Why don't you have a seat over there?

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (0)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967994)

Is there anyway we can give an uncurable strain to this [wikipedia.org] Hanson?

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (5, Informative)

Mojofreem (556489) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967748)

Leprosy is caused by a bacterial infection, and is easily cured with common antibiotics.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

hawkeyeMI (412577) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967914)

Mod parent up. Leprosy is no longer an issue. Antibiotics FTW.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (4, Informative)

snowgirl (978879) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968400)

Mod parent up. Leprosy is no longer an issue. Antibiotics FTW.

Not only this but leprosy is like the bitch version of a bacterial infection. Most of the time, you have to be predisposed to being able to acquire it anyways (or immunocompromised, but that's true with any bacteria/fungus/virus). It's basically somewhere around 10% of the population that can actually acquire leprosy... everyone else could pretty much walk hand in hand with a leper and never catch a thing.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (3, Interesting)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35969168)

everyone else could pretty much walk hand in hand with a leper and never catch a thing.

... one good sneeze and they can catch all sorts of flying body parts ...

Seriously, "only" 10% are at risk? 10% is HUGE!

And on the not-so-serious side ...

Q. Why do lepers make such lousy poker players?
A. They have to quit after they've thrown in their hands.

Q. What's small and green and sheds it's skin?
A. A leper-chaun.

Q. What do you call 10 lepers in a hot tub?
A. Oatmeal.

Thank you, thank you ... try the fish.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35968642)

...until there's a resistant strain. Many infections that were considered "easily curable" at the end of the 20th century have become nightmares for hospitals lately.

Wait, what? (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968744)

Have you just ruined the entire Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series for me?

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

eleuthero (812560) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968944)

Yes, but the extant damage it has caused is not easily cured. They are just now getting into nerve transplantation and even then, it doesn't always take. Artificial nerves, as we saw earlier this week, are developing nicely, but we are still a long way off from practical usage.

Cool! We've never had a chiropractic troll before (5, Funny)

spun (1352) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968082)

Welcome to Slashdot, and thanks for bringing something new and original to the art of trolling! When I saw your recent chiropractic trolls, I thought you might be a flash in the pan, but now I see you are here for an extended stay. Thanks for bringing some levity into my otherwise boring day.

Re:Cool! We've never had a chiropractic troll befo (1)

RsG (809189) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968772)

Note to anyone who thinks spun is joking:

Go click on "dr" bobs user page. The name and high UID alone should be a clue. Yes, he is a troll, and yes, he is specifically posting chiro/alt-med comments that he knows will get a reaction. Further to this, the entire thread above this post should serve as proof that it's working.

Honestly, it never ceases to amaze me the number of otherwise intelligent people who will fall for a troll posting deliberate flamebait. At least this one is more subtle than most.

Re:Cool! We've never had a chiropractic troll befo (2)

spun (1352) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968960)

It's actually pretty funny. Slashdot is one of the more rational and skeptical sites on the Internet. Almost anyplace else, you would get an almost equal number of believers defending the guy. There really are few places less inviting to a real chiropractor. He gives a few hints as to his true nature, I especially like "Subluxations are worse than cancer." Hahaha, oh, that's rich. Unless you really have cancer, in which case I imagine it must feel fairly insulting. "Sorry to hear about your pinched nerve, dude, now pass me my fucking wig, I'm done throwing up."

Re:Cool! We've never had a chiropractic troll befo (3, Insightful)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | more than 3 years ago | (#35969686)

Slashdot is one of the more rational and skeptical sites on the Internet.

Have you any idea how much it scares me that this is true?

Re:Cool! We've never had a chiropractic troll befo (1)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 3 years ago | (#35969120)

His best yet was:

Chiropractic adjustments for newborn babies is barbarous! Most of my fellow Chiros will refuse to see children under 3, by the time the spine has had time to set.

^ that is pure gold

Re:Cool! We've never had a chiropractic troll befo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35969262)

spun chk ur emailz...

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35968092)

Christ.

Even more amazing: I hear witchdoctors have a success rate equal to chiropractors.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (2)

ShakaUVM (157947) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968664)

>>I hear witchdoctors have a success rate equal to chiropractors.

Can witch doctors cure back pain?

Because Chiros are actually really good at that. It's just all the other, vaguely related stuff that is nonsense. But when a dickhead in jiu-jitsu knocked my vertebrae out of alignment (sideways), I could barely stand up until a Chiropractor fixed it.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35968924)

A chiro can do the same thing any number of other professionals can do; help with muscles and joints by manipulation. I knew someone who actually went to a masseuse therapeutically for chronic muscle pain (and no, this wasn't an excuse for a "happy ending", she, not he, went to a regular, non-prostitute masseuse).

What a chiro can't do is "heal", however loudly they claim otherwise. A chiro telling you he can help your back pain is legit; that same chiro telling you he can heal leprosy is a quack of the highest order.

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (1)

Paracelcus (151056) | more than 3 years ago | (#35969768)

Hey, don't knock it, I had a GREAT little Viet, oh never mind..

Re:Leprosy can be cured. (4, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968592)

I've never run across a patient with leprosy

Well, if you do, remember the advice from the article - wash your tires It's called "getting rid of the evidence.".

And if you;re in the US, run them over a few times to make sure they're really dead, and not just faking it. Your insurance rates won't go up as much if they have to pay for a funeral instead of 50 years of medical expenses.

If an armadillo's blood 'got on my tires of my car from running [the animal] over, I would wash it down,' advises one expert. 'And I would not dig in soil that has a lot of armadillo excrement.'"

So, someone needs an expert to tell them not to play in poop? Don't mothers teach their kids not to play with the "clay" in the sandbox any more?

Letterman... (2)

matty619 (630957) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967540)

Had Jack Hanna on the other night, Jack brought out an Armadillo and mentioned something out this. Not sure why I bothered to post this.

Re:Letterman... (5, Funny)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967670)

+1 introspective

Taste? (1)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967566)

So how does it taste? I've never had one.

Re:Taste? (1)

alexborges (313924) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967640)

Not bad. Kind of like pork with mouse. Ever had a well cooked mouse?

Re:Taste? (1)

CarsonChittom (2025388) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967790)

Yeah, mostly like pork. Possum, though...you gotta feed a possum on grain for a week before you can eat it. Unless you like eating meat that tastes like trash, I guess.

Re:Taste? (1)

Antisyzygy (1495469) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967826)

I wouldn't eat those suckers. Ugh.

Re:Taste? (1)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968968)

Don't be bigotted. They are all god's creatures - we must eat them all.

Re:Taste? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967868)

Or you could eat the grain, then go kill something worth eating.
Or feed the grain to a chicken and eat that.

Re:Taste? (1)

cforciea (1926392) | more than 3 years ago | (#35969400)

Or, as I temporarily put on my vegetarian's advocate hat, just eat the grain and then some other non-meat sustenance and not kill any animals or contribute to the extra energy waste and pollution inherent in raising animals to eat.

Re:Taste? (1)

LordLucless (582312) | more than 3 years ago | (#35969688)

Pollution and energy wastage isn't inherent in raising animals to eat - just in certain forms of it. Ranching cattle in areas unsuitable for raising common crops, for example. On the other hand, the raising of pretty much any crop results in the death of some animals, whether by insecticide, destruction of habitat, or harvesting.

Re:Taste? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35967804)

Like pork, though not as gamey as the wild boar I had once. Armadillo chili was very common in Houston, little risk of leprosy. The problem was out in western Texas where they tend to prefer their 'dillo on the rare side.

FWIW, it's the "dry" leprosy, not the weepy kind.

Blood on the tires? (1)

kevinNCSU (1531307) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967580)

I'm slightly confused how blood on your car tires is a likely transfer case. Is it airborne, or contact based, or would you have to touch it and then rub your eyes or ingest it somehow? I don't know about you by the only time I touch my tires IS when I'm washing them down. And I guess maybe checking air-pressure. I've certainly never considered them particularly sanitary.

Re:Blood on the tires? (2)

turkeyfeathers (843622) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967712)

Ah, you misread the quote. When he said "If an armadillo's blood got on my tires of my car from running [the animal] over, I would wash it down", the "it" referred to the armadillo and not the car tire. He was suggesting you wash off the armadillo before eating it which is good advice for any roadkill.

Re:Blood on the tires? (2)

bmo (77928) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967728)

>He's never had to change a tire in his life where he didn't have washing facilities. Or even change a tire from the looks of the message.

I don't know about you, but when I have to change a tire, it's never in a convenient place where I can wash up. It's always out in the middle of nowhere.

Couple this with the incredible number of times we all touch our faces per hour unconsciously, and yep, you've got a vector.

--
BMO

Re:Blood on the tires? (1)

kevinNCSU (1531307) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968256)

I guess I did fail to account for the case where you run over the Don Quixote of armadillos that manages to shred your tire as you run him over. But then you wouldn't have anything to wash the tire off with first anyways. My point was along the lines of tire touching is pretty infrequent (unless your doing a shitty job inflating your tires which would explain why changing a tire is something you'd think a better example then checking the pressure) so it seems like you'd be more at risk to exposure by immediately interacting with it by washing it off rather then just letting it be. How long can it last on there while remaining contagious?

As a side not, I've never actually had to change a tire on my personal vehicle. I have on other vehicles that I'm not in charge of getting tires replaced on though. I'm of the view that if your keeping them inflated, rotated and replaced correctly you generally shouldn't have to do this unless you run over something rather serious. Small punctures I can usually just re-inflate with some of that stop leak stuff for which can get me to a shop for a patch or replacement and saves the effort and use of the spare for blow-outs.

Vectors (and a link to an older article) (2)

eleuthero (812560) | more than 3 years ago | (#35969048)

Washing off the tire would be a good idea because the bacteria survives well, particularly in soil/sand/etc. If you run over the armadillo and then park in your garage, there's a good chance the little m. leprae are going to still be alive. Washing the tire off won't remove that possibility entirely, but it will get rid of most of them, reducing your risk significantly. And even if they do have a cure, I'd hate to have symptoms (irreversible) before they realized the need for treatment.

More importantly, this is fairly old news: Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene [ajtmh.org]

Re:Blood on the tires? (4, Funny)

boristdog (133725) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967928)

That's it, I'm not going to check the tire pressure with my mouth any more.

Re:Blood on the tires? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35968152)

I'm not going to check the pressure of armadillos with my mouth anymore either.

I'VE BEEN VINDICATED (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35967672)

I've always claimed that leprosy comes from armadillos.

Old news (1)

PraiseBob (1923958) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967684)

Why is this news? I caught an armadillo 20 (Twenty) years ago, and the next day read up on them and was shocked and terrified to learn they often carry leprosy.

Re:Old news (1)

Amouth (879122) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967784)

what i find news is that the US has it's own strain.. not really that hard if you think about it..  but interesting..

i guess the news is that the now have evidence to confirm transmission occurs rather than just saying.. hit has it and you might be able to get it, and it would be bad if you did.

angels of death & debt now working 24/7 overti (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35967694)

world wide, as god would have it. buildings flying around in our neighborhood. looks like the big guy is really POed this time. there's still room, in steerage, on the the big Judgment Day cruise to hormuz (billed as the 'ride of swollen pride') & death defining theatrical extravaganzas, for those with hymens, who are feeling sacrificial. our eternal rewards, earlier than ever expected?

Royal Pains (1)

fidget42 (538823) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967758)

Anyone who has watch "Royal Pains" knows this.

To be fair (1)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967760)

We humans gave them leprosy to begin with. Leprosy was unknown in the new world before Columbus. Turns out this is just another case of mother nature wanting to kill everything.

Re:To be fair (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968108)

Turns out this is just another case of mother nature wanting to kill everything.

Bender: Hey hot mama, wanna kill all humans?

Mother Nature: Sure!

Re:To be fair (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968904)

"Turns out this is just another case of mother nature wanting to kill everything."

Mother Nature DOES kill everything as part of the process which sustains life. Zero waste, everything turns back into "food".

Pretty cool actually.

How would you know? (2)

CarsonChittom (2025388) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967762)

Am I only one who has no clue how to tell if excrement is from an armadillo or not? Much less whether a patch of dirt has a lot in it?

Re:How would you know? (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967814)

There are patterns to animal shit.

Re:How would you know? (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968040)

You can learn to identify the characteristics of armadillo droppings, just as you can any other animal. As for knowing if a patch of dirt has some in it, well, if you are working in the yard/ground and you live in a region with armadillos, wear gloves and wash well afterwards. And if you do find the droppings and think you've been exposed, just go into the doctor and get tested. Simple as that.

Re:How would you know? (1)

CarsonChittom (2025388) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968074)

Aw, but that's hard work. I was hoping their droppings were bright purple, or something.

Re:How would you know? (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968124)

Then just lay down armadillo food laced with bright purple dye?

Imagine that... (1)

Azadre (632442) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967800)

Armadillo's are the only non-human host of mycobacterium leprae and they can infect humans.

Hellfire (5, Insightful)

aapold (753705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35967950)

Damn you Lord Foul! Must you corrupt these beautiful creatures and turn them into servants of despite?

Re:Hellfire (1)

jitterman (987991) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968748)

Think T.C. was performing roadkill cleanup between novels, leading to his unfortunate circumstance?

Re:Hellfire (1)

popo (107611) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968928)

Nothing a wee bit of hurtloam can't cure!

Thank Goodness I Read This When I Did! (1)

darthservo (942083) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968218)

I was planning on finally shoveling that pile of armadillo excrement in my back yard after work today, but I'm glad I caught this at work. Phew!

Conspiracy (1)

elkstoy (930915) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968502)

Now I know the real reason we got Texas back from Mexico!

Re:Conspiracy (2)

eleuthero (812560) | more than 3 years ago | (#35969062)

The main risk is actually for those who have (1) eaten armadillo, (2) lived in Mexico proper, and (3) also eaten rabbit from Mexico. Why are these three connected? I have no idea, but http://www.ajtmh.org/cgi/content/full/78/6/962 [ajtmh.org] offers more info.

Well, hell (1)

jitterman (987991) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968718)

at least now I know why I feel so numb after working all day on my armadillo farm.

Another reason ... not to live in TX, AZ and NM (0)

BulletMagnet (600525) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968782)

as if the other creepies weren't enough....

Re:Another reason ... not to live in TX, AZ and NM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35969716)

I'm a New Mexican, you insensitive clod!

Besides we don't have Armadillos in Albuquerque.

By creepies, did you mean tarantulas or pedophiles?

Actually they're kinda cute (1)

garyebickford (222422) | more than 3 years ago | (#35969756)

I used to work in Sugar Land TX, and we had armadillos and other critters wandering around the office park on a regular basis. In real life, armadillos are cute. They're almost completely blind, so if you are quiet and work closer to them from downwind you can get quite close. They are surprisingly fast (for short distances), grubbing around in the grass looking for bugs and such. Their ears wiggle and they have a cartoony appearance.

If they didn't smell so much they'd probably make an interesting pet - except for the obvious problem cited here, the fact that they're wild, nocturnal, not housebroken, and are illegal in some states.

Two tools can solve that problem. (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 3 years ago | (#35968808)

A varmint rifle and a shovel. Turn the critter into a red mist from a distance, bury it later if it's not in a convenient spot.

Re:Two tools can solve that problem. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35969196)

A varmint rifle and a shovel. Turn the critter into a red mist from a distance, bury it later if it's not in a convenient spot.

Or leave other creatures alone and don't play with turds. I find that this strategy prevents a wide range of problems in life.

Re:Two tools can solve that problem. (1)

cforciea (1926392) | more than 3 years ago | (#35969470)

+1 Funsightful.

Sound advice (1)

david duncan scott (206421) | more than 3 years ago | (#35969038)

And I would not dig in soil that has a lot of armadillo excrement.'

Oddly enough, this has been my family's motto for five generations.

Obvious... (1)

stewbacca (1033764) | more than 3 years ago | (#35969068)

'And I would not dig in soil that has a lot of armadillo excrement.'

I can think of several reasons other than leprosy why I would avoid doing this.

95% of people have a natural immunity (1)

tylersoze (789256) | more than 3 years ago | (#35969150)

With the caveat that you also have to be in the 5% of people that don't have a natural immunity to it already.

NOOOO! (1)

Kamiza Ikioi (893310) | more than 3 years ago | (#35969162)

I can't go digging in soil with Armadillo excrement? Well there goes my vacation plans!

Furthermore... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35969458)

If an armadillo's blood 'got on my tires of my car from running [the animal] over, I would wash it down,' advises one expert.

Furthermore, if an armadillo were to find itself in my path when I was driving a tank, and I drove over it a few thousand times, reversing and going over it again ad nauseum, then aimed the main turret at it for a quick blast with a few armor-piercing shells, then I got out and kicked it in the nuts a few times while cursing its mom, I would not attend its funeral.

It's not hard to figure out if your from the South (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35969584)

When you eat the damn thing...of course you will get leprosy...

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