SANTA FE, N.M. (WR) — A Rio Arriba County man has died of the plague in what the state Division of Well being says is the primary such dying in New Mexico since 2015.

The person was in his 20s and had been hospitalized, officers stated Friday.

Division officers had stated in late July {that a} Santa Fe County man in his 60s who was recovering at a hospital was the primary case of plague this yr.

The plague is a bacterial illness that often originates with wildlife. It may be transmitted to people and pets by means of the bites of contaminated fleas.

Signs can embody fever, chills, headache, and swelling of the lymph nodes. It might probably result in dying.

Docs say it may be handled with antibiotics if identified early sufficient.

Well being officers advise avoiding useless rodents or rabbits in addition to nests or burrows. Pet house owners must also contemplate not letting pets go searching or roaming.

A press release launched by the division stated well being officers would examine the Rio Arriba County man’s residence to test for onggoing danger to the person’s relations, neighbors and others.