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Santa Fe County dog reportedly diagnosed with the plague

The Associated Press and Joy Wang
March 30, 2018 06:25 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - State health officials report a case of plague in a dog from Santa Fe County, making it the first diagnosed case of plague in New Mexico this year.

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The Department of Health says it's checking the home of the dog's owner for risks to others and sending personnel around the neighborhood to inform residents and provide information on reducing risks.

Plague is a bacterial disease of wildlife and is generally transmitted to humans and pets through the bites of infected fleas. Pet animals also can be exposed after eating an infected animal. Plague can be transmitted to humans by direct contact with infected animals, including rodents, wildlife, and pets.

"A lot of times you're not going to know that's what your pet has. So if they're showing any signs at all, just being sick, you need to go to a veterinarian," said Dr. Consuela Conley at Sandia Animal Clinic. 

Human symptoms of the plague include fever, chills, headache and weakness. In most cases, there can also be painful swelling near armpits and neck areas. 

Conley said four regional states – New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona – are primary areas for the plague. 

The department says New Mexico had four human cases of plague in 2017 and that those people all survived the illness. Meanwhile, 28 animals were infected. 

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
 

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