Fresh case of bubonic plague in China's northern Inner Mongolia region

Henrietta Strickland
November 30, 2019

Another case of bubonic plague has been made public in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region, the fourth human case of plague reported there in the last month.

The Ulanqab government in central Inner Mongolia said on Wednesday that a herder who had been diagnosed with bubonic plague was now being treated in isolation and was in a stable condition. People who have been bitten by an infected flea usually get the bubonic form of the plague.

He is reported to be in stable condition and being treated in a local hospital. The area borders Xilingol League's Sonid Left Banner, the place where the couple involved in two previous cases is believed to have been infected after eating wild animals.

Among different types of the plague, the Bubonic plague is the most common one; despite being less unsafe than other strains, it's infamous for having caused the so-called Black Death during medieval times.

The two patients who were confirmed with pneumonic plague on November 12 remain in critical condition.

The Ulanqab government said earlier that it had sprayed nearly 200 acres of land last week as part of "rat- and flea-extermination work". Prior to the diagnosis the herder had been active in an area where plague sources had been identified, it said.

The Yersina pestis bacteria that causes plague is endemic to Inner Mongolia. Plague cases are not uncommon in China, but outbreaks have become increasingly rare.

In 2014, a man died of the plague in northwestern Gansu province and sparked the quarantine of 151 people.

After the plague cases, the health department in Inner Mongolia has carried out investigations and rodent extermination.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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