A man in his 20s from Rio Arriba County was hospitalised with the plague before he died. Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel said: “Plague activity in New Mexico is usually highest during the summer months, so it is especially important now to take precautions to avoid rodents and their fleas which can expose you to plague.”
The plague is a bacterial disease that affects rodents, but it can be transmitted to humans either by direct contact with infected animals or through the bite of an infected flea.
There is an antibiotic treatment for the disease, but if not identified on time, the illness can turn severe and even lead to death, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
There are different way in which plague infection can be prevented.
The CDC’s official website has a section dedicated to the disease and information on how to avoid contagion.
About disease prevention, it states: “Reduce rodent habitat around your home, work place, and recreational areas.
“Remove brush, rock piles, junk, cluttered firewood, and possible rodent food supplies, such as pet and wild animal food.
“Make your home and outbuildings rodent-proof.”
In case of being in direct contact with pets, CDC advice adds: “Keep fleas off of your pets by applying flea control products.
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A man in his 60s was said to be recovering at a hospital, the state health department said.
In recent decades, an average of seven infections of human plague have been recorded each year in the United States, with a range of 1 to 17 cases per year, the CDC revealed.
The news came just 24 hours after Chinese authorities reported that a man had died from bubonic plague in Inner Mongolia.
The man died from multiple organ failure last Friday, the Bayannao’er city health commission said on its website.