Bubonic Plague Case Reported in China

Inner Mongolia at ‘high risk of Bubonic plague spreading’			 0					By		LLB staff reporter		 		at				11:42

Inner Mongolia at ‘high risk of Bubonic plague spreading’ 0 By LLB staff reporter at 11:42

A herdsman is stable in hospital after being confirmed with the disease at the weekend.

She added the disease is now being "well managed".

"There are natural sources (the bacteria, an animal reservoir and a vector) of plague in Mongolia and the disease is transmitted by tarbagans (Mongolian marmots)", the embassy said.

Indeed, the World Health Organization did not declare COVID-19 to be a pandemic until March 11 - more than two months after the body said it was first alerted to the virus. It's being well managed. A bacterial infection causes the plague.

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Chinese news agency Xinhua says Mongolia had also confirmed two cases last week - brothers who had eaten marmot meat in Khovd province.

In Altai, which like Tuva also borders Mongolia, officials have launched a public consciousness campaign distributing leaflets to local inhabitants. The announcement of bubonic plague could not come at a more inopportune moment.

China has seemingly controlled a large portion of the COVID-19 outbreak. It killed about 25 million people - more than a third of Europe's population - between 1347 and 1351, and about one-fifth of London's population during the Great Plague of 1665.

The WHO describes plague as an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia Pestis that is usually present in small mammals and their fleas.

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Internal Mongolia authorities are also applying stricter management of other grassland tourist sites to ensure visitors will not feed or contact wild animals, and to decrease the inhabitants of rodents or fleas that could carry diseases, according to the Xinhua report.

Bubonic plague, which can be one of plague's three forms, causes painful, swollen lymph nodes, in addition to fever, chills, and coughing.

Could there be another epidemic?

We see that our understanding of the disease has improved in recent times, and we have medications to fight off the disease. We can find answers for this in the recent outbreaks like in Madagascar back in 2017 and in Mongolia previous year. However, a study published in The Lancet found that less than 30 people had died in that outbreak.

The new outbreak also forced Russian authorities to warn people living in Western Siberia against eating marmot meat in the wake of the cluster cases. However, some experts believe that "it's very unlikely that this will become an epidemic", wrote Bruce Y. Lee, professor of Health Policy and Management at the City University of NY.

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According to the US Centres for Diseases Controls and Prevention (CDC), there were instances of the plague annually in America between 2000 and 2018.

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