This is a transcript of Contracting Armadillo Leprosy on Newsfeed...Bad news to Amadillo lovers: according to the New England Journal of Medicine, armadillos may be spreading leprosy to humans, mostly in Texas and Louisiana. Only about 150 cases of Leprosy are diagnosed each year. Where are these people finding armadillos and why are they petting them? Have you ever seen a photo of one of those things? Gross. They are freaking sick looking. The good news? There are three easy tips to avoid it: Tips 1 through 3: DON’T TOUCH AN ARMADILLO.