Leprosy In Florida

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  1. BethSucks

    BethSucks Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Maybe Howard's contractors can put some armadillos in his house:

    (CNN)There are an unusually high number of leprosy cases cropping up in Florida.

    Experts said they believe the spike is because of people coming into contact with armadillos.

    Florida typically sees two to 12 cases of leprosy a year, but so far there have been nine cases in 2015, according to the Florida Department of Health.

    The latest case was diagnosed in Flagler County three weeks ago.

    Some armadillos, placental mammals with leathery armor, are naturally infected with leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Armadillos are one of the only known animals to carry leprosy, an age-old disease that causes skin and nerve damage.

    The CDC says it is possible to contract leprosy through contact with armadillos, but it is usually unlikely.

    Leprosy is a rare disease, and there are on average 50 to 100 cases in the United States every year, according to Dr. Sunil Joshi, president-elect of the Duval County Medical Society in Florida.

    Joshi said leprosy, much like tuberculosis, is spread through coughing and sneezing, but 95% of the human population is immune to the disease.

    Also, the disease can lie dormant for months or years before the first signs of infection appear, Joshi said. Typically the first signs are skin lesions, and symptoms can progress to neurological problems such as psychosis and seizures.

    Although the increase in leprosy cases is unusual, Joshi said it can also be attributed to Florida's growing home development.

    "There is a clear reason why this is happening in Florida," Joshi said. "New homes are being developed, and we are tearing down armadillos' homes in the process. Now these creatures are coming out in the daytime, and the people who are getting exposed are those working outside."

    The prognosis for people who contract leprosy is usually good if the disease is treated promptly, Joshi said. Left untreated, the leprosy can become life threatening.

    Experts are urging Floridians to use caution and not touch the small, cat-sized creatures. Armadillos are common in Florida and found across most of the state, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    Naturally nocturnal, armadillos are now in their breeding season in Florida, and it's not uncommon to see them in the daylight with their babies.

    In 2010, there were more than 220,000 cases of leprosy detected worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. But Joshi said the disease is typically found in parts of Africa and Southeast Asia, where population density is higher, and the spread of infection is due to human-to-human contact.
     
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    Oo, let's please, please, PLEASE all chip in to buy a few armadillos for Wiggie and Beefus!!! :pray:
     
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    Leprosy would be the perfect disease for those two to contract.
     
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    moooose will teach it well
     
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    :ninja::facepalm:
     
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    You don't need to buy them. I almost ran over a couple when I drove through there a few years ago.
     
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    Leprosy colony at Casa de wig!
     
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    Some things never totally go away.
    Friends of mine contracted Bubonic Plague and lived to tell the story. John has since passed, but they beat the black death none the less.

    The bubonic plague killed about one-third of Europe's population during the Middle Ages, but today the bacterial infection rarely shows up in the U.S. Only a handful of people catch it each year.
    But in 2002, Lucinda Marker and her husband, John Tull, were bitten by fleas infected with the plague near their home in New Mexico. They then took a trip to New York City.
    "We had been feeling sick for a few days in a hotel room, thought we had the flu and decided — maybe we didn't," Marker says during a visit to StoryCorps in Santa Fe. "And, of course, it was a good thing we got to the hospital because it was the first case of plague in New York City in over 100 years."
    Because it was unusual for a married couple to get the plague at the same time, there were concerns that they were terrorists or victims of bioterrorism.
    A few hours after they arrived at the hospital, Tull fell into a coma. His first thoughts after he woke up?
    "What really struck me was, where have I been? I thought, 'What happened to Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year's?' And you told me that I'd been in a coma for almost 90 days," he says.
    But Tull did wake up, and he reflected on why with his wife.
    "I think there's one of three reasons," he says. "The first reason is because I'm a tough son of a bitch. The second reason is because God just didn't want me at that particular time. The third reason is, we knew my oldest son and his wife were pregnant with the first grandchild. And by God, I was going to stay alive to see that little grandbaby. If I had just folded into a wet dishrag on the bed, I think it would have let a lot of people down."
    Tull developed gangrene, and Marker had to make the decision to have both of his legs amputated. Ultimately, the amputation saved his life.
    Today, Tull and Marker blame their bout with the plague on bad luck.
    "As an old West Texan would say, 'We drew the black bean,' " Tull says. "But, you know, I was in the hospital for a total of 224 days. If it hadn't been for you, from the very beginning, I would have died. It almost makes me cry."
    "You know what I think?" Marker says. "If you can live through something like the plague, you can probably live through just about anything."
    "That's absolutely true. And we did it," Tull says.
    "Together. That's how we'll keep doing everything else," Marker replies.
    To which Tull says: "That's how we'll keep doing it until the day one of us really leaves."
     
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    I'm sorry about the loss of your friend :console:

    He sounds like he was a great guy.
     
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    i fucking hate those things
     
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    I never saw any when I lived in FL, thank doG!
     
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    Hi, Richard, this is your dad. Found an armadillo out on the road someone smashed into. Your mother made it into a spaghetti sauce. Talk to you later, bub.
     
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    When I was a kid, I was scared to death of contracting leprosy after watching 50s-60s movies that had lepers in them like Ben Hur ("unclean!") and Papillon (how did you know it was dry leprosy? I didn't!)
     
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    "We've got Armadillos in our trousers..."

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    All someone has to do is convince the Gold Digging Dunce that Armadillos are the IN thing with Celebrities.

    "Howard I want an Armadiwo now!!'
     
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    2:51 "Bitch n-words get swallowed by the armadillas!"
     
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    "Robin, Beth is such a saint. You know Amal and George have pet armadillos, and my friend Jimmy has one now too in California. It's a whole thing. Anyway, Beth has opened a Bianca's Armored Friends shelter for foster armadillos in Florida, and I hope my listeners would consider donating to this worthy cause. Break, Fred?"
     
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    At least she's finally over her squirroe obsession. :D