A New Mexico man has reportedly died of plague according to the state New Mexico Department of Health that has launched an investigation into the victim’s immediate family and surroundings.
The man wasn’t identified but was in his 20s. He was a Rio Arriba County resident and his passing marks the first plague fatality since 2015 in New Mexico.
“The Rio Arriba County man died after being hospitalized. An environmental investigation will take place at the person’s home to look for ongoing risk to immediate family members, neighbors, and others in the surrounding community,” officials said.
The CDC precise that Septicemic plague can result from bites of infected insects and animals. The most common symptoms are fever, chills, abdominal pain, black fingers, toes, and nose.