China has recently confirmed one case of bubonic plague in the northern province of Inner Mongolia, particularly in the city of Bayannur, northwest of Beijing. According to the state-run news agency XinhuaNet, The Bayannur municipal health commission confirmed in a press release that a case is housed in a people’s hospital in Urad Middle Banner.
Local authorities have already issued a third-level warning for plague prevention and control. Moreover, the commission urged the public to self-protect and avoid hunting and eating animals that could cause plague infections. Moreover, the public is urged to report any findings of ill or dead marmots, as well as other animals that might be infected with the disease.
It may be recalled that the Bubonic Plague, also known as the ‘Black Death’, has claimed the lives of 50 million people in the 14th century in Europe alone, and around 12 million around the world in the 19th century.