Department of Health says New Mexico's 2nd plague case this year is Rio Arriba County woman


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SANTA FE, New Mexico — A second case of plague has been reported in New Mexico this year.

The Department of Health says testing has confirmed that a hospitalized 43-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County had plague.

An environmental investigation will take place at the woman's home to look for ongoing risk to others in the area.

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.

However, it also can be transmitted by direct contact with infected animals, including rodents, wildlife and pets.

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