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The risks of transmission of leprosy are pretty low- but there is some risk. I would recommend bathing your dog thoroughly to remove and traces of the blood from his face and body. You should wear gloves to avoid contamination yourself. Ideally- do it outside with a hose, and shampoo or Dawn dish soap. You may want to ask your veterinarian about a prophylactic course of antibiotics for your dog- although they may deem this to be unnecessary. It is still a good idea to have him checked out for any bite wounds just to be sure. I would also give your own Dr.'s office a call to see what their recommendations are regarding potential for human exposure. I do not believe that there is testing available for leprosy in armadillos- but your state or county health department should know for sure. I am sorry you are having to deal with this mess!
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