Albuquerque-area man is New Mexico’s 2nd plague case in 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials say New Mexico has a second confirmed human case of plague this year.

The Department of Health Services’ announcement Tuesday says the latest case involves a 77-year-old man in the Albuquerque area.

The new human case follows one involving a 16-year-old Rio Arriba County boy who has since recovered.

New Mexico had four cases of the disease last year with one death.

Humans contract plague from infected flea bites or direct contact with infected animals, rodents, wildlife and pets.

Symptoms in humans include fever, headaches, weakness and — in most cases — swelling in the lymph node in the groin, armpit or neck.

Health experts say most plague cases occur in late spring and summer.

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