Dog tests positive for plague in New Mexico

May 24, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials are reporting significant plague activity in the East Mountain [auth] area which includes parts of Bernalillo, Torrance and Santa Fe counties.

They say a dog from the Edgewood area was confirmed positive for plague this week.

So far this year, there have been three dogs from the Edgewood area and a cat from Torrance County with confirmed plague.

Health officials say a Torrance County man was diagnosed with plague last month, but is expected to recover.

Plague is a bacterial disease of rodents and is generally transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas. But it can also be transmitted by direct contact with infected animals, including rodents, wildlife and pets.

There were four human plague cases in New Mexico last year with one fatality.

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