Bubonic plague reported in Chinese City

It reads like something out of a movie: “bubonic plague causes entire cities to be closed off to stop illness from spreading!” But this isn’t a movie, it’s real, and it’s happened in Yumen – a city in China erwin 7.2 다운로드. Situated in the north-western province of Gansu, parts of Yumen have been sealed off and 151 people are in quarantine after a 38 year old man died of bubonic plague last week. The victim had apparently been in contact with a dead marmot, a small furry animal related to the squirrel.

It’s not the first time this has happened in China!

In August 2009, China reported an outbreak of Pneumonic plague in the western Qinghai province. This was after a herdsman died of high fever and haemoptysis (coughing up of blood from the lungs), according to WHO records. An investigation showed that the source of the outbreak in 2009 was also a wild marmot. Similarly, in Madagascar, 31 people died of the bubonic plague in 2013.

What Is Bubonic Plague?

Bubonic plague is a bacterial infection also known as the “Black Death”, a lethal epidemic of the disease that killed tens of millions of people in 14th-century Europe. The infection is contracted through flea bites, and while it’s normal for animals to be affected, it’s rare in humans.

It can be treated successfully with antibiotics, but it remains a highly infectious and deadly disease if a person doesn’t get treatment for it.

Are there different types of plague? Yes! Pneumonic plague which affects the respiratory system, Bubonic plague which affects the lymphatic system, and Septicaemic plague which affects the circulatory (blood) system.

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Some interesting facts about the disease:

  • Bubonic plague is the most common form of plague, and it occurs when an infected flea bites a person
  • The pneumonic plague can spread from and infected person to others through coughing
  • In the 14th century, the plague killed almost two-thirds of the inhabitants of northern Europe – mostly within three or four days of the time of infection!
  • In 1347 the inhabitants of Genoa shot burning arrows at a naval vessel returning from war in the Crimea known to have bubonic plague on board
  • It spread nevertheless, and in four years killed 75 million people in Europe
  • No one knew then what caused it: it turned out to be fleas spreading the plague from infected rats. But for many years people were under the impression that the disease was spread by filthy air. Often household pets or rats were the first ones to die, and they were blamed for this disease, leading to the killing of many pets as a (useless) preventative measure.

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Source: Daily Mail