Chinese city issues epidemic warnings for the PLAGUE after herdsman is infected with the BLACK DEATH
- A herdsman from northern China has been diagnosed with bubonic plague
- Inner Mongolia officials issued a third-level warning for plague prevention
- Bubonic plague is known as the ‘Black Death’ that killed millions in 14th century
- Fears of a new wave of virus outbreak after coronavirus are fuelled in the country
Authorities in the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia have issued an epidemic warning after a local resident contracted bubonic plague.
Bubonic plague, known as the ‘Black Death’ in the Middle Ages, is one of the most devastating diseases in history, having killed around 100million people in the 14th century.
The confirmed plague case in China has sparked fears of a new wave of virus outbreak erupting the country after it had just battled the coronavirus.
Authorities in Bayan Nur in the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia has issued a warning on Sunday. The file picture taken on December 1, 2018 shows people taking part in a race during an international camel cultural festival held in Wulatehou Banner, Bayan Nur
The file picture taken on December 1, 2018 shows a family pulling camels to take part in a beauty contest during an international camel cultural festival held in Bayan Nur
A local hospital in the city of Bayan Nur alerted the municipal authorities of a suspected plague patient on Saturday, according to the local health commission.
The government immediately issued a citywide level three warning for epidemic control, the second lowest in a four-level system.
Level three warning is announced in China when a city has detected between one to 20 plague infections.
The patient, who remains unidentified, was later confirmed as a bubonic plague infection, according to the authorities on Sunday.
The official alert forbids the hunting and eating of animals that could carry plague and asks the public to report any suspected cases of plague or fever with no clear causes, and to report any sick or dead marmots.
The warning will stay in place until the end of the year, said the officials.
Sunday’s warning follows four reported cases of plague in people from Inner Mongolia last November, including two of pneumonic plague, a deadlier variant of plague.
Fears of a new wave of virus crisis after the coronavirus are fuelled in the country following the new plague case.
China has appeared to have largely controlled the COVID-19 outbreak but the capital city has been battling a local infection cluster linked to a wet market since mid-June.
Health officials in the city of Bayan Nur issued the third-level alert yesterday, the second lowest in a four-level system. The picture shows the geographical location of the city
The plague is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which is usually found in small mammals and their fleas.
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 bacterial infection can kill adults within 24 hours if not treated in time.
Plague cases are not uncommon in China, but outbreaks have become increasingly rare. From 2009 to 2018, China reported 26 cases and 11 deaths.
Plague cases are not uncommon in China, but outbreaks have become increasingly rare. From 2009 to 2018, China reported 26 cases and 11 deaths. Pictured shows a Mongolian marmot
The news comes after Mongolia, China’s neighbouring country, quarantined a region next to the Chinese border after a local cluster of the bubonic plague.
Two suspected cases of the plague – which is linked to the consumption of marmot meat – have been identified, health experts announced on Wednesday.
Local reports suggested that the victims were a 27-year-old male and a young woman, although her age is not known.
The provincial capital in western Mongolia is now in quarantine.
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