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Experts warning about dangers of common animal after increase in leprosy cases

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Health officials are warning residents in Florida to stay away from a common creature.

So far, nine people in Florida have been diagnosed with leprosy, a bacterial disease that targets the skin and nerves.

According to the Department of Health, the state averages about 10 leprosy cases a year.

Now, officials are warning residents to keep their distance from armadillos.

According to the Center for Disease Control, armadillos  are the only animal that can carry leprosy.

Health experts told WFTV that while the chance of getting leprosy is slim, it is better to be safe than sorry.

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