Growing. 8 (UPI) – A New Mexico man in his 20s died from the plague, the health agency said. This is the first human plague death in New Mexico this year and the second this year in the state.
According to the New Mexico Department of Health, the man lived in Rio Arriba county and died after being hospitalized.
The Ministry of Health said officials will conduct an environmental investigation at the man’s home to determine the ongoing risk to family members and neighbors.
On July 27, a Santa Fe County man in his 60s was diagnosed with the plague.
Plague is a bacterial disease of rodents, usually transmitted to people through the bite of an infected flea.
But it can also be transmitted through direct contact with infected animals, including rodents, wildlife and pets, officials said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are three forms of plague, with different symptoms depending on how the person is exposed to the bacteria.
Health Minister Kathy Kunkel said: “New Mexico̵7;s plague activity is usually highest during the summer months, so it is especially important to take precautions to avoid rodents. Their rodents and fleas can expose you to the plague, ”said Health Minister Kathy Kunkel.
While plague cases were rare in the United States in the 21st century, they still occur, according to the CDC, with health departments reporting an average of seven cases per year, most occurring in rural areas. West.
New Mexico officials said it was the first human plague-related death in New Mexico since 2015.
There has been a single human plague case in 2019 involving a 78-year-old man and no human plague case in 2020.
There have also been two cases of animal plague in New Mexico this year: one in dogs and one in cats.
The New Mexico Department of Health recommends avoiding sick or dead rodents and rabbits, bringing sick pets to the veterinarian and preventing pets from roaming and hunting – and using preferred flea control products Fits on pets.