Plague in the SouthwestDr. Jorge Parada
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
A man in
New Mexico has been confirmed as the state’s first patient with
the plague in 2014.
The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating to be sure
there is no ongoing risk to others in the area. Plague is a
bacterial disease usually transmitted to humans by infected fleas that have fed on rodents, but can
also be transmitted by direct contact with infected wildlife.
New Mexico saw 4 cases of the plague in 2013.