- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating a confirmed case of plague in a dog in Santa Fe.

The dog most likely was exposed to plague by infected rodents and their fleas while walking with its owner along the Santa Fe River.

Plague is a bacterial disease of rodents and is generally transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas.

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

Plague cases in animals have occurred every month of the year in New Mexico, but most cases usually occur in the summer months.

There has been one human case of plague in New Mexico so far the year - a fatal case in a woman from Santa Fe County.

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