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15th December 2016

UK red squirrels carry ‘a form of leprosy’ – scientists

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , — BiBi @ 5:33 pm

11 November 2016

The effects of the disease can be seen on the squirrel's ear and muzzleImage copyrightCATHERINE CLARK
Image captionThe effects of the disease can be seen on the squirrel’s ear and muzzle

British red squirrels are infected with two different strains of the bacterium that causes leprosy, according to a study.

Leprosy was thought to have died out in the UK in medieval times, but these recent discoveries confirm that red squirrels carry the disease.

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