Officials report plague infections in animals

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials are reporting continued plague infections in animals in Albuquerque's east mountain area.

The Departments of Health and Game and Fish say the latest cases include a mountain lion and a coati at the Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood. That's a small raccoon-like mammal.

Both died from plague complications in recent weeks.

The departments say steps being taken include decreasing the park's wild rodent population, dusting rodent burrows with insecticides to kill flees and posting signs to warn people to stay on designated trails.

Plague is a bacterial disease of rodents. It's generally transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas, but it also can be transmitted by direct contact with infected animals.

Symptoms of plague in humans include fever, chills, headache and weakness.

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