When the world is battling coronavirus (COVID-19), another deadly disease called ‘Bubonic Plague’ has been confirmed in China.
Onyxnews Nigeria understands that authorities in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia are very conscious after a suspected case of bubonic plague, the disease that caused the Black Death pandemic, was reported Sunday.
Xinhua news agency said the Bubonic Plague case was discovered in the city of Bayannur, situated at northwest of Beijing.
‘On Saturday, a hospital alerted municipal authorities of a patient’s case’ the news agency stated.
Local authorities issued a citywide Level 3 warning on Sunday for plague prevention, the second-lowest in a four-level system. The warning will stick until the end of the year, Xinhua reported.
What caused Bubonic Plague?
According to various research, Bubonic Plague is caused by bacteria and transmitted through flea bites and infected animals. This plaque is one of the deadliest bacterial infections in human history. During the Black Death in the Middle Ages, the disease killed about 50 million people in Europe.
Modern antibiotics can prevent complications and death if administered quickly enough.
Bubonic plague is one of three forms of plaques which causes pain, swollen lymph nodes, as well as fever, chills, and coughing, a situation which has seen Bayannur health authorities urging people to take so much precautions to minimize the risk of human-to-human transmission, and to avoid hunting or eating animals that could cause infection.
According to the state-run newspaper China Daily, the local health authority said: “At present, there is a risk of a human plague epidemic spreading in this city. The public should improve its self-protection awareness and ability, and report abnormal health conditions promptly.”
Bayannur authorities warned the public to report findings of dead or sick marmots — a kind of large ground squirrel that is eaten in some parts of China, then Mongolia, which is country close to China, which have historically caused plague outbreaks in the region.