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Man in his 20s becomes first human plague death in NM since 2015

Man in his 20s becomes first human plague death in NM since 2015

KOB Web Staff
Updated: August 07, 2020 06:38 PM
Created: August 07, 2020 06:35 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- A man in his 20s from Rio Arriba County died from the human plague, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

The man was reportedly hospitalized at the time of his death.


An investigation will take place at the man's home to look for ongoing risk to immediate family members, neighbors and others.

This was the first human plague-related death in New Mexico since 2015.

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

To prevent plague, the Department of Health recommends that you:

  • Avoid sick or dead rodents and rabbits, and their nests and burrows
  • Prevent pets from roaming and hunting
  • Talk to your veterinarian about using an appropriate flea control product on your pets as not all products are safe for cats, dogs, or your children.
  • Clean up areas near the home where rodents could live, such as woodpiles, brush piles, junk and abandoned vehicles.
  • Have sick pets examined promptly by a veterinarian.
  • See your doctor about any unexplained illness involving a sudden and severe fever.
  • Put hay, wood, and compost piles as far as possible from your home.
  • Don’t leave your pet’s food and water where rodents and wildlife can get to it.

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