China seals off village after bubonic plague death in Inner Mongolia

China, Asia: An entire village in China’s autonomous Inner Mongolia region has been sealed off after a man died of ‘bubonic plague‘. Thousands of residents have been placed in quarantine.

Reuters quoted the health commission of the Inner Mongolia authorities as saying on Thursday. Plague infections are not uncommon in China. Although the outbreak of this century-old plague is now rare. From 2009 to 2016, only 26 people were infected with bubonic plague in China. 11 of them lost their lives.

One person had died of bubonic:

In a statement, the Baoto Municipal Health Commission of Inner Mongolia said one person had died of bubonic plague in the town of Baotou on Sunday. Authorities confirmed Thursday that the man had died of ‘bubonic plague’.

UNDATED PHOTO: A bubonic plague smear, prepared from a lymph removed from an adenopathic lymph node, or bubo, of a plague patient, demonstrates the presence of the Yersinia pestis bacteria that causes the plague in this undated photo. The FBI has confirmed that about 30 vials that may contain bacteria that could cause bubonic or pneumonic plague have gone missing, then found, from the Health Sciences Center at Texas Tech University January 15, 2003 in Lubbock, Texas. The plague, considered a likely bioterror agent since it’s easy to make, is easily treatable with antibiotics if diagnosed early and properly. (Photo by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Getty Images)

The statement further said that the patient died due to impaired blood circulation system in the body. However, the statement did not mention how the man contracted the plague. Authorities sealed off Suu Kyi Jinkun village to curb the spread of the disease. The deceased was a resident of the village. At the same time, the villagers have been instructed to disinfect their houses every day. Although all the residents of the village were tested for plague, no one has been found infected with the disease so far.

The third level of warning has been issued:

The Baotou Municipal Health Commission says nine people who came into close contact with the deceased and 26 others who came in contact with them have been placed in quarantine. Although all of them were tested for plague, negative reports came. Sui Jinkun Village is located in the Damao Banar District of Inner Mongolia. The third level of warning has been issued in the village until the end of this year to prevent the spread of the plague.

So far this year, China has confirmed bubonic plague in two Inner Mongolians. However, this is the first death from the disease this year. Earlier in July, a man was diagnosed with the plague in the Inner Mongolian town of Bayannur. Later, a third level warning was issued in the area and several popular tourist centers were closed.

The plague spreads from bacterial infections.

It can also be transmitted to humans through flies or other infected animals. Many times this disease can become fatal. However, treatment with common antibiotics can cure the disease. In the fourteenth century, the disease known as the ‘Black Death’ epidemic killed about 50 million people in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Bubonic plague is one of the three types of plague. Infected with this disease can cause severe pain in the body, swelling of the body, fever, cold, and cough.

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