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Armadillos Linked to Leprosy in Humans

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According to an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine (364:1626-1633, April 28, 2011), researchers have discovered using genetic sequencing that armadillos infected with leprosy and some human patients diagnosed with the illness share a common strain of a leprosy-causing bacteria. The finding provides the strongest evidence to date that armadillos could transmit […]

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Feral swine hunters should use caution when field dressing harvests

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By Wesson Gaston, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services Feral swine are invasive mammals that have been known to carry over 30 diseases and 37 parasites that can be transmitted to livestock, people, pets, and wildlife. Their populations are spreading like wild fire across the United States through population dispersal, escape from high fence facilities and domestic […]

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