- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - State health officials say they have confirmed the first human case of plague in Bernalillo County.

The New Mexico Department of Health said Thursday that tests show a 65-year-old man from there does have the plague.

Officials are not releasing his name.

This marks the second case in the state this year.

A 52-year-old woman in Santa Fe County died from the disease last month.

Plague is a bacterial disease from rodents that is typically transmitted to people through bites from inflected fleas or direct contact with infected animals.

Symptoms include sudden fever, chills, headache and weakness.

There were two human plague cases in New Mexico last year.

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