2nd case of plague reported in NM this year

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SANTA FE (KRQE) – A second case of plague has been reported in New Mexico this year.

The Department of Health says the victim is a 43-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County. She remains hospitalized.

The first case of plague in New Mexico this year was reported in April.

It involved a 57-year-old man from Torrance County. He’s still recovering.

Plague is a bacterial disease of rodents and is generally transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas.

There were four human plague cases in New Mexico last year. One was fatal.

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