China seals village after bubonic plague death

Chinese region of Inner Mongolia sealed off a village after a resident there died from bubonic plague, a centuries-old disease responsible for the most deadly pandemic in human history.

The death was reported to health authorities in Baotou city on Sunday and the victim was confirmed to be a bubonic plague patient on Thursday, a statement on the Baotou Municipal Health Commission said.

The patient died of circulatory system failure. The statement did not mention how the patient had caught the plague.

To curb the spread of the disease, authorities sealed off Suji Xincun village, where the dead patient lived, and ordered daily disinfection of homes. All villagers have so far tested negative for the disease, the statement said.

Nine close contacts and 26 secondary contacts of the patient have been quarantined and tested negative, the commission said.

This is the second case and first death that China has confirmed this year.

Black Death:

Bubonic plague is also known as the Black Death.

Bubonic plague is one of plague’s three forms, causes painful, swollen lymph nodes, as well as fever, chills, and coughing.

The symptoms take at least 3-7 days to develop.

The advent of antibiotics, which can treat most infections if they are caught early enough, has helped to contain plague outbreaks

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 become an epidemic or pandemic amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.