Leprosy- Hansen's Disease

Armadillos are carrying the organism that causes leprosy. Click Here for more information.

Questions- Do ticks feed on armadillos, and if they do can ticks pass diseases from armadillos to humans. Yes, and yes.

From another sample of 15 A. auricularium adult ticks collected from two armadillos (Euphractus sexcinctus), eight (53.3%) were infected by R. amblyommii. This study reports R. amblyommii infecting the tick A. auricularium for the first time. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23705586

The data indicated that O. brasiliensis (ticks) feeds on humans, dogs, armadillos (Dasypus hybridus), and possibly skunks (Conepatus chinga). … Additionally, we describe retrospectively cases of tick parasitism in 28 humans and 11 dogs including the most common symptoms associated with tick toxicosis. This is the first study concerning O. brasiliensis epidemiology, distribution, and habitat, and the report represents the most comprehensive characterization of Ornithodoros bite-associated toxicosis syndrome.


Tick species parasitizing yellow armadillo, Euphractus sexcinctus, were recorded from October 2006 to October 2007 in Pantanal. A total of 89 ticks were collected from 23 yellow armadillos.


Amblyomma auricularium were found attached to nine-banded armadillos and Amblyomma rotundatum to red-footed tortoise, cururu toads and a rattlesnake…. Thus this species is favored by deforestation and is an important research target as it is the most common vector associated with the Brazilian spotted fever. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17828441

As part of a comprehensive study concerning established and emerging tick-host relationships. the present work describes some aspects of tick-bite lesions in anteaters and armadillos captured at the Emas National Park and the Pantanal region of Brazil. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15604499

Adult ticks collected from anteaters were identified as Amblyomma cajennense and A. nodosum and from armadillos as A. pseudoconcolor and A. nodosum. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12381607

Amblyomma auricularium (Conil) was collected from an armadillo in Glades County, FL. Two females and 11 males were collected. This is the first record of this species in the United States. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11126562