New Delhi: A Northern Chinese city on July 5 sounded an alert after a case of bubonic plague was reported, says official media reports.
Bayannur in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region announced high alert warning of plague prevention and control, reported state-run media house.
The case of bubonic plague was reported in a hospital in Bayannur and the local health authorities announced that the warning period will continue till December 2020.
“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,” said the local health authority.
Also on July 1, local media agencies reported two suspected cases of bubonic plague in Khovd province in western Mongolia and the same was confirmed in lab test results.
The two confirmed cases are brothers, one 27-year-old and another 17-year-old, both being currently treated at two separate hospitals in Khovd province. The brothers ate marmot meat and got infected.
The health authorities have further warned people not to consume marmot meat.
Altogether 146 people who came in direct contact with the two brothers have been placed in isolated locations and are being treated in local hospitals, according to health officials.
Bubonic plague is a bacterial disease where it is spread by fleas on wild rodents. The disease is capable of killing an adult human in 24 hours if not treated on time, according to World Health Organisation (WHO).