ABC: Leprosy cases are on the rise in Florida, armadillos may be to blame

Armadillos are the only animal to carry leprosy, a bacterial disease that affects the skin and nerves, according to the Center for Disease Control. The disease can be spread through saliva.

According to the Florida Department of Health, the state averages 10 cases per year.

The most recent leprosy diagnosis came in Flagler County three weeks ago.

Past reported cases include one in Martin County in 2013 and one in St. Lucie County in 2007.

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