4 plague cases, 10 tularemia cases in New Mexico this year

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 15, 2015 at 4:11 p.m.



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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health says four cases of plague and 10 cases of tularemia have been reported in animals around the state since Jan. 1.

Plague cases include one cat from Bernalillo County and one dog, a rabbit and a mouse from Santa Fe County.

Tularemia cases include one cat from Los Alamos County, a dog from Taos County, three dogs and a rabbit from Santa Fe County and three dogs and one rabbit from Bernalillo County.

Both plague and tularemia are bacterial diseases of rodents and rabbits.

Plague is generally transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas while tularemia can be transmitted to people by the bite of infected ticks or deer flies.

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