Two People In Chinese Hospital After Becoming Infected With The Plague

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2019

Bubonic plague causes swollen lymph nodes, while septicemic plague infects the blood and pneumonic plague infects the lungs.

Chinese health officials isolated the patients, conducted medical checks on people they had recently been in contact with, and disinfected any areas that could have been contaminated.

The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Weibo, the microblogging site, that there was no need for Beijing residents to panic and that the risks of further transmission are "extremely low".

Pneumonic plague is a lung disease spread by rats, with fatality rates in humans close to 100% if left untreated, Beijing health authorities said in a notice.

"The (Chinese) National Health Commission are implementing efforts to contain and treat the identified cases, and increasing surveillance", mentioned Fabio Scano, coordinator at WHO China. They were now recovering in a hospital in Beijing's Chaoyang District.

Both patients are receiving treatment in the city's Chaoyang District. It is passed from person to person through the air, or from animals like rodents, and those infected experience high fever, trouble breathing and cough up bloody mucus.

The plague is usually contracted after being bitten by a rodent flea carrying the Yersinia pestis bacterium or by handling an infected animal, according to the CDC.

But according to the World Health Organization, pneumonic plague could potentially be more unsafe.

There is now no efficient vaccine against plague, nonetheless modern antibiotics can discontinuance issues and death if given speedy enough.

All three forms of the disease are believed to be responsible for the deaths of 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia, peaking in Europe from 1347 to 1351. China has a history of covering up and being slow to announce infectious outbreaks, prompting many people to call for transparency this time. Since then, we've invented antibiotics, which is able to address most infections if they are caught early enough - nonetheless the plague is no longer long previous.

From 2010 to 2015, extra than 3,248 circumstances were reported worldwide, along with 584 deaths, based on the WHO.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar and Peru are the three countries in which pneumonic plague is most endemic. In 2015, two people in Colorado died from the plague, and the year before there were eight reported cases in the state.

The most accepted cause of the Black Death are the rats, but according to a 2018 study, human fleas and body lice might also have aided.

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