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China reports cases of Bubonic plague, WHO monitoring the situation


Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

08th July, 2020
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China reports cases of Bubonic plague, WHO monitoring the situation

A case of bubonic plague has been reported in Mongolia in northern China. The plague victim is a shepherd in Bayannur City in western Inner Mongolia who kept in quarantine.

This disease is also known as ‘black death’. According to the AFP news agency, local authorities have completed security arrangements after the plague patient came to light. The Bayannur City Health Commission said the shepherd’s condition was out of danger.

The 15-year-old suspect reported on Monday, according to China’s state-run Xinhua news agency. The boy had eaten a marmot that had been hunted by a dog.

Marmot

Marmot

Two cases of plague were also reported last week in Mongolia’s Khod province where the two brothers also ate marmot. 146 people who came in contact with these brothers have been quarantined.

The plague comes at a time when the world is already plagued by the coronavirus. Mongolia’s health commission has banned the hunting and eating of animals that could spread the plague until the end of this year.

At least five patients have died since 2014, according to China’s National Health Commission.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the bubonic plague epidemic in China is not currently considered high risk.

A spokesman for the WHO said the disease was being closely monitored but could not yet be described as high-risk.

It is to be noted that even after the outbreak of Coronavirus in Wuhan, China in December, the spokesperson of the World Health Organization did not consider it as a major threat and assured to control it soon.

 

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