SANTA FE (AP) — Health officials say there have been 10 cases of plague and 19 cases of tularemia in dogs and cats in New Mexico so far this year.
Recent rabbit deaths from tularemia also have been confirmed in the Santa Fe and Eldorado areas of Santa Fe County.
Confirmatory testing was conducted at the New Mexico Department of Health's Scientific Laboratory Division.
Plague positive pets come from Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, Sandoval, Los Alamos, Torrance and Taos counties.
Dogs and cats have tested positive for tularemia in Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Los Alamos counties.
Last year, four humans contracted plague in New Mexico with one fatality with eight human cases of tularemia and no deaths. There were 18 confirmed cases of plague and 63 cases of tularemia in dogs and cats.