QUAY COUNTY (KSMX) – A case of the plague has been found in a ranch dog in a New Mexico county; according to a report from the New Mexico Department of Health. This is the first case of plague in the state this year. The case has been found in Quay County. The department reminds residents that although the case was found in an animal, humans can contract plague by direct contact with the tissues of infected animals that include rodents, wildlife and pets. No cases of human plague were reported in New Mexico last year; however, in 2017, four cases were reported. All survived the illness.