State health officials confirm fourth human plague case


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – State health officials have confirmed the fourth human case of plague in New Mexico. The 73-year-old woman from Santa Fe County had been hospitalized, but she’s now at home recovering.

The other cases in New Mexico occurred in a 52-year-old Santa Fe County woman who died and a man and a woman from Bernalillo County who recovered.

Plague is caused by bacteria found in rodents usually transmitted by fleas. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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