Join Us and the American Leprosy Mission August 3-5, 2015

The New 94.9FM / AM950 WTLN and 1520 WBZW are partnering with the American Leprosy Mission… to help stop leprosy! Yes, leprosy still exists in the world! We’ve even had leprosy in the headlines here recently in Florida! But there are areas of the world where leprosy is spreading… 75 children a day are diagnosed with leprosy.

We just launched the “Are You Willing?…Cure and Care Campaign 2015” and we need your help. You can give today by clicking on this link and choosing your donation amount.

If you need more info, make sure you tune in each day from 3-5 PM on August 3-5, 2015 on 1520 WBZW or online at MyHometownFL.com where we will be talking with the American Leprosy Mission and arming you with the information you need.

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DID YOU KNOW?

In Florida, a recent increase in the number of leprosy cases linked to armadillos acts as a stark reminder that this ancient disease still exists, even in the U.S.

All of the nine people diagnosed with leprosy in Florida this year have been in contact with armadillos. In 2011, a study partially funded by American Leprosy Missions first suggested humans could catch leprosy from nine-banded armadillos.

An international team of scientists led by the National Hansen’s Disease Programs published a report in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that armadillos and many leprosy patients in the southern U.S. are infected with the same strain of Mycobacterium leprae, the bacteria that cause leprosy.

Each year 150-200 cases of leprosy are diagnosed in the U.S. Approximately one third of these cases have no traditional exposure to the bacteria that cause leprosy, such as significant foreign residence. The leprosy bacteria from armadillos and U.S. patients without foreign exposure are essentially identical genetically, and significantly different from the bacteria found internationally.

The recent reports of leprosy in Florida by people who have been in contact with armadillos support the scientific study’s suggestion that the armadillo is a source for leprosy in humans in the southern U.S. Armadillos and humans are the only mammals known to carry the leprosy bacteria.

Find out more about Leprosy at American Leprosy Missions website.

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