Bubonic Plague case reported in China’s Inner Mongolia region

China beefed up security after a city in Inner Mongolia autonomous region of northern China confirmed a case of the bubonic plague.

According to reports, Bayannur or Bayannao’er a prefecture-level city issued a level 3 warning after a herdsman tested positive. The man is in quarantine and said to be in a stable condition.

A level 3 alert in China forbids  hunting and eating of animals that could carry plague. It also calls public to report suspected cases.

The bubonic plague is a bacterial infection which can be treated with commonly available antibiotics. It sometimes can be deadly.

It is still to be ascertained how and why the patient might have become infected.

Black Death:

Bubonic plague is also known as the Black Death.

The plague is characterised by swollen lymph nodes. Flu-like symptoms take at least 3-7 days to develop.

Bubonic plague periodically appear around the world. Madagascar confirmed more than 300 cases in 2017.

In May last year, at least two people in the country of Mongolia died from the plague, which they contracted after eating the raw meat of a marmot. Marmots are rodents. Their meat and kidney are consumed for good health.

Marmots can carry plague bacteria. Hunting marmots is illegal.

Black Death caused about 50 million deaths across Africa, Asia and Europe in the 14th Century. In the 19th Century there was a plague outbreak in China and India, which killed more than 12 million.

Experts say its unlikely for the Bubonic plague to spin into an epidemic amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.