The Rio Arriba County man was in his 20s and was hospitalized before he died, the New Mexico Ministry of Health said in a press release.
Health Minister Kathy Kunkel said: “New Mexico’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.
Plague is a bacterial disease of a rodent that can be transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected flea or by direct contact with infected animals, including rodents, and wild animals. It can be effectively treated with modern antibiotics but can cause serious illness or death if not treated in time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC.
To avoid disease, prevent roaming and pet illness, use flea control products on pets and move hay, wood and compost piles out of your home.
The Baotou Municipal Health Commission said in a statement on its website that 9 close people and 26 secondary contacts with the patient were quarantined and tested negative.