All about the ‘Black Death’ Bubonic Plague that has China on high alert

A city in northern China has reported suspected cases of bubonic plague this Saturday. The disease killed about 12 million in India when it occurred in 1896.

Bayannur, a city in northern China, was on high alert after a suspected case of Bubonic plague was reported Saturday. According to state-run People’s Daily Online, authorities in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region announced a level III warning of plague prevention and control.

Local authorities announced that the warning period will continue until the end of 2020 since the plague ran the risk of spreading.

“At present, there is a risk of a human plague epidemic spreading in this city. The public should improve its self-protection awareness and ability, and report abnormal health conditions promptly,” authorities announced.

Xinhua news agency, another state-run agency, reported on 1 July that two suspected cases of the Bubonic plague, which were recorded in Khovd province in Western Mongolia, were confirmed by labs.

The confirmed cases were of a 27-year-old resident and his 17-year-old brother who had eaten marmot meat. After their cases came to light, health officials urged people to not eat the meat. So far, 146 people who had been in contact with them have been isolated and are being treated.

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