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British Red Squirrels Are Suffering From An Outbreak Of Medieval Leprosy

Friday, November 18, 2016 18:34
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from The Conversation

– this post authored by Stephen Harrison, Nottingham Trent University

For many people, leprosy brings to mind Biblical stories of diseased people cast out from society. It’s a condition that today is largely found in developing countries, whereas in other, mostly Western nations it’s a pestilence of the past that was eradicated decades ago. But recent research has shown the disease not only persists in Britain but, perhaps more alarmingly, is also being carried by one of our best loved and most endangered native mammals, the red squirrel.

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