Bubonic plague alert in China after two cases

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Published: July 6,2020 04:03 PM
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July 06, 2020: North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has confirmed one bubonic plague case, local health authorities announced late Sunday.

July 06, 2020: North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has confirmed one bubonic plague case, local health authorities announced late Sunday.



The bubonic plague, known as the “Black Death” in the Middle Ages, is a highly infectious and often fatal disease that is spread mostly by rodents.



The case was first reported as a suspected case on Saturday at the people's hospital in Urad Middle Banner in Bayannur City.



The patient, a local herdsman, has now been quarantined and is in stable condition.



Local authorities in Bayannur have issued a level III warning for plague prevention and control that will last until the end of 2020, the municipal commission said in a press release. 



It also urged the public to beef up self-protection as the city is at risk of people-to-people infections and not to hunt and eat animals that could cause plague infections.



Bubonic plague is a bacterial disease that is spread by fleas living on wild rodents such as marmots. It can kill an adult in less than 24 hours if not treated in time, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).