Russian Location In the vicinity of Mongolia Tests Rodents For Plague

Russian Location In the vicinity of Mongolia Tests Rodents For Plague

North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has reported one suspected bubonic plague case according to local health authorities, Xinhua reported.

If that were to occur, then the bubonic plague could spread rapidly throughout Russian Federation and more broadly, triggering a full-scale epidemic with deadly consequences: an untreated victim normally dies in about two days.

"We 're not considering it high-risk at the moment, but we're watching it, carefully monitoring it", she added.

A total of 34 people have been quarantined in neighboring Mongolia after the case in the Bayannur region, with the bubonic plague victim, a teenaged boy, now being kept in isolation. It's understandable, then, that recent reports of bubonic plague in China have drawn the attention of the world's media.

Officials at Inner Mongolia's regional center for disease control have warned that the plague may have always been circulating locally and that there is risk of human-to-human transmission, according to a statement posted online by the regional government last month.

The new case of a person being suspected of infection with the Bubonic plague disease was identified in the city of Bayannur, which is located near the Chinese capital Beijing.

In the last few years, there have been worldwide outbreaks of bubonic plague in India, Peru, Madagascar and in the Congo.

When the bubonic plague is left untreated, the bacteria can invade the bloodstream and multiply itself, and if this happens they can spread rapidly throughout the body and cause a severe fatal condition called septicemic plague. The disease is transmitted through fleas carried by animals such as rodents.

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It is thought to have resurged in 1347 in Europe, Africa and Asia, killing anywhere between 75 million and 200 million people.

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Once the bacteria enter the human body through a flea bite, it travels through the lymphatic vessels to the lymph node, causing them to swell.

The Bubonic Plague is perhaps the event with the biggest recorded loss of human life in history.

We have come a long way since the 14th century, but from time to time, flare-ups of bubonic cases come up.

"In the U.S., we expect about seven cases every year, which are mostly seen in the western part of the country - California, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona".

The new outbreak also forced Russian authorities to warn people living in Western Siberia against eating marmot meat in the wake of the cluster cases.

While it was once the world's most feared disease, the advances in medicine have made it easily treatable now with antibiotics.