Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photo Ark
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The majority of nine-banded armadillos (like the one shown here) in Brazil's western state of Pará show signs of exposure to the bacterium that causes leprosy.

Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photo Ark

Humans Gave Leprosy to Armadillos. Now, They’re Giving It Back

Wild armadillo meat is popular in Brazil, but a new study shows those who eat it put themselves at risk of contracting leprosy.

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