The Health Committee of the city of Bayan Nur, an autonomous region in Mongolia has issued a warning on hunting risky animals after a patient is suspected to have fallen ill by Bubonic Plague. Reports suggest the warning will be effective until the end of this year.
According to New Daily, one person was admitted to hospital in China’s Inner Mongolia region with the potentially fatal infection, prompting the authorities to issue warnings on hunting of high-risk animals.
The first case was reported on July 1 by state-run news agency Xinhua from Khovd province in western Mongolia where two men were admitted to hospital from the disease. Both the infected reportedly consumed Marmot meat. Only 11 people died in China in a course of 9-years (2009-2018) from Black Death.
China issues Bubonic Plague alert after suspected cases arise from Mongolia (Image of a Mongolian pasture)
Bubonic Plague, which is a zoonotic disease like the novel coronavirus also more prominently known as The Black Death of the Middle Ages. It killed somewhere between 75-200 million people in Eurasia and North Africa, making it the most fatal pandemic in the history of humankind.
The plague is spread from fleas from infected wild rodents like marmots and according to the World Health Organization, the bacterial infection can kill an adult in 24-hours if not treated correctly. At present, the Bayan Nur of Mongolia is at risk of an epidemic spreading through the city.
It must be noted the current alert is still on the third-level which is second-lowest in the four-level alert system. A public alert has been initiated, urging people to report any unforeseen fevers with no clear causes and report any dead or sick marmot.
According to reports, the Bubonic plague alert on Sunday (local time) was followed by four other plague warnings in the same region, two of them were pneumonic plague which is deadlier.
This news comes shortly after scientists discovered a ‘pandemic potential’ strain of a novel swine flu virus lurking in a number of Chinese slaughterhouses across regions. Researchers dubbed the finding as a ‘salutary reminder’ of our constant face-off with zoonotic pathogens from farm animals, with whom we’re all in greater contact with than wildlife.
(Cover image courtesy of Inklein via Wikimedia Commons)