NM man hospitalized with 1st human case of Plague

TORRANCE COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – A 57-year-old Torrance County man is hospitalized in critical condition with the plague.

It’s the first human case of plague in New Mexico and in the United States this year.

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.

The Department of Health says it will examine the man’s home to look for ongoing risks to other people.

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