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.