SANTA FE, N.M. — The state Department of Health has reported the first human case of plague in New Mexico this year.

Health officials say a 63-year-old Santa Fe County man is currently hospitalized with the bacterial disease.

They’re conducting an environmental investigation at the man’s home to look for ongoing risk and ensure the health of his immediate family and neighbors.

Health Department staff also is going door-to-door near the man’s home to inform them about plague found in the area and educate them on reducing their risk.

Plague generally is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas, but can be transmitted by direct contact with infected animals including rodents, wildlife and pets.

So far there have been 10 dogs and five cats with confirmed plague in New Mexico this year.

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