China diagnoses 3rd case of bubonic plague

Henrietta Brewer
November 19, 2019

The diagnosis comes amid tension in Beijing after two people there were confirmed to have pneumonic plague, prompting concern that health officials waited to disclose the diagnosis of plague's deadliest, exclusively contagious form. A doctor who treated one of them said the patient was seen locally but was sent to Beijing after his condition worsened, The Post previously reported.

Bubonic plague is the most common form of the disease, and 30 to 60 percent of people die after contracting it, according to WHO.

The assertion said 28 people who experienced close get in touch with with the gentleman ended up quarantined but none has run a fever or proven other plague signs and symptoms. Opium trade routes from Yunnan caused the third global plague outbreak in 1894, but it has since become increasingly rare.


The first case of the bubonic plague was reported on Saturday by the autonomous region's health officials.

China says a 55-12 months-outdated male has been recognized with bubonic plague following killing and ingesting a wild rabbit, including to 2 plague circumstances now discovered within the money Beijing.

While it is not yet clear if his case is related, the disease is most commonly found in rural areas such as Inner Mongolia, where rodents and small animals thrive. "Untreated pneumonic plague, if not diagnosed and treated early, is fatal", the World Health Organization explains.


Scientists analyzed the genomes of plague bacteria found in prehistoric human remains to better understand how the disease spread through Europe. Wee of the Times reports that censors had also instructed digital news aggregators to "block and control" discussions pertaining the news about the plague. And though the Chinese CDC has said that there is "no need" for Beijing residents to worry about the risk of plague infection, it has also acknowledged that remote regions of the country-like Yunnan and the Qinghai-Tibet plateau-are vulnerable to outbreaks.

China has vastly improved its detection and management of infectious diseases since the 2003 outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, that led to 774 deaths, mostly in China and Hong Kong.


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