Leprosy On The Rise in Florida

Three cases of leprosy have been diagnosed in Volusia County, Florida over the past five months. It may seem like a low number for new infections, but it’s a rapid increase from previous years. On average 150-250 are reported nationwide annually, according to health officials, with Florida accounting for less than ten. However, in 2014, eight cases were reported in neighboring Brevard County, making up a large portion of the county’s 18 new cases over the past five years. Two of the new patients have had contact with armadillos. The species has been previously linked to the disease.