WNAT JUST HAPPENED?
Bayannur (City in China), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, announced a level III warning of plague prevention and control
On July I, state-run Xinhua news agency said that two suspected cases of bubonic plague reported in Khovd province in western Mongolia have been confirmed by lab test results.The confirmed cases are a 27 yr old citizen and his 17 yr old brother.
The both citizens ate marmot (Rodent animal) meat, the government health official said, warning people not to eat marmot meat.
WHAT IS THE BUBONIC PLAGUE?
According to the WHO, the BUBONIC PLAGUE disease is caused by the Yersinia Pestis (Bacteria), a zoonotic bacteria (Diseases) usually found in small mammals and their fleas, with the symptoms of BUBONIC PLAGUE the disease appearing after an incubation period of 1-7 days.
The BUBONIC PLAGUE usually spreads from bites of fleas that have fed upon infected creatures like squirrels, mice, rats, rabbits.
WHAT ARE ITS SYMPTOMS?
A person infected with bubonic plague (Also called black death) will experience the following symptoms swollen lymph nodes, which can be as large as chicken eggs, in the groin, armpit or neck. They may be tender and warm. Others include fever, chills, headache, fatigue and muscle aches.
POINT TO NOTE
Yes,Yersinia pestis (Bacteria) is also what caused the “Black Death” that killed over 5 Crores people in European continent in the mid-1300s.
No need to panic. This isn’t the 1300’s (century).There are now antibiotics such as streptomycin bacterial infections), gentamicin, doxycycline (tetracycline antibiotics) and ciprofloxacin (bacterial infections) that can readily treat the plague, assuming that they are administered in time.
Plus, Bubonic plague appears from time to time on planet. For example, in the USA, since 2000, there’s been an average of seven reported human plague cases each year.The highest tally was I 7 in 2006. Most of these cases have occurred in the West and Southwest portions of the United States of America.
From 2010 to 2015, there have been over 3,200 reported cases globally of bubonic plague, which resulted in 584 deaths.
In the 14th century, bubonic plague disease resulted in Black Death in Asia, Europe and Africa. It caused the death of over 50 million ( 5 Crores) people around 25 per cent to 60 per cent of the European population.
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