Years ago we were told not to buy an armadillo basket because it was a health hazard. The "baskets" are really armadillo shells that curled so the feet formed the handle of a basket. A recent study found that armadillos may infect humans with leprosy (Hansen's disease). They carry the bacterium that causes the notorious disease of past centuries. It is treatable today and antibiotics can prevent the disease's disfiguring skin problems if diagnosed soon enough. It is a very rare disease in the United States, but the experts advise those in Southern states to avoid eating armadillo meat and to avoid frequent direct contact with armadillos. Nothing was said about the old, dry baskets.
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