In the article How Armadillos Can Spread Leprosy at the Smithsonian.com they state that

"Even more reassuring: up to 95 percent of the population is genetically unsusceptible to contracting it."

Is this true? From my understanding, as well as a brief overview from Wikipedia, it just seems leprosy is harder to contract then people typically believe, but i cant find anything to source this 95% genetically unsusceptible claim.

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    "Up to 95%" means some percentage from 0 to 95. – DJClayworth Oct 26 '15 at 16:30
  • @DJClayworth yes, but you can see they are stressing the point that people are genetically immune, which i haven't seen elsewhere. – Himarm Oct 26 '15 at 16:34
  • The link they gave as a reference for the 95% doesn't even mention the number 95 or %. io9.com/5976108/armadillos-leprosy-and-you – Tim Oct 26 '15 at 23:04
  • @Tim exactly! lol – Himarm Oct 26 '15 at 23:21
  • I found the 5% of non immune population in a french medical publication page 730 ref[1] that refers for that figure to a 1999 Lancet article by Jacobson RR, Krahenbuhl JL about leprosy. I couldn't check the full text of the Lancet article to answer to your question. – Graffito Oct 26 '15 at 23:30

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