Health alert issued for possible bubonic plague case in China town

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Beijing – The authorities of a northern city of China They issued a level 3 health alert, the second lowest on the scale in that country, after a possible case of bubonic plague was detected, reports the official press.

The Municipal Health Commission of the city of Bayannur (in the northern region of Inner Mongolia) revealed on Sunday that a pastor from the Urad Middle Flag area had been admitted to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with that disease.

For now, the patient remains isolated in a medical center where he is being treated, and remains “stable”.

The level 3 alert will remain in place until the end of this year to prevent and control possible outbreaks of bubonic plague, according to local authorities.

In a statement, the municipal executive asked citizens to be more cautious against the risk of infections occurring from person to person, and also demanded that they not consume animals that can cause infections of this disease.

He also requested that any suspected case of plague be reported, whether they are patients who develop a high fever for no apparent reason or who die suddenly.

The Municipal Health Commission also asked citizens to report if they found groundhogs or other sick or dead animals, and recalled that hunting animals that could carry the disease is prohibited.

The specific mention of groundhogs could be related to two confirmed cases of bubonic plague in neighboring Mongolia last week.

In that case, two brothers were hospitalized after contracting the disease after eating groundhog meat.

These animals and other small mammals carry fleas infected with the Yersinia pestis bacteria, which causes both bubonic and pneumonic plague.

In the case of bubonic plague, symptoms usually appear after a period of between one and seven days and, if antibiotic treatment is not received, it has a case fatality rate of between 30 and 60 percent.

Currently, the three most affected countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), are Madagascar, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Peru.

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