China bubonic plague spreads: Three-year-old boy latest to contract Black Death virus
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A case of a three-year-old child has now been confirmed on Sunday according to the Yunnan Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The case of the disease – which sparked the Black Death – was reported on Thursday before the victim was diagnosed yesterday. The child is currently in a stable condition after contracting the disease which is found in rodents.
Three dead rats were found in the village in Menghai county with the local government in the region raising the threat rating to level four.
According to the state-run Global Times, a rat infestation had been reported in the village of Xiding in Menghai.
In August, a case was also reported in the northern Inner Mongolia region of the country.
Due to this case, the authorities have risen the threat level warning up to level 3 which remains in place until the end of the year across the country.
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Cases in China and neighbouring Mongolia have risen over the last few months, with 17 provinces in the latter now reporting cases in July and August.
Three cases of the disease were reported in the Mongolian province of Uvurkhangai, with fears rising the virus could spill over the border.
Dorj Narangerel, head of public relations and surveillance department of the health ministry said: “Three suspected cases of the plague are now under isolation at a local hospital.
“They are members of the same family or mother and her two children.”
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A 25-year-old woman also tested positive for the plague in the Khovd province of Mongolia this month.
A further 19 people who came into contact with the woman, have now been placed into self-isolation to stop an outbreak spiralling out of control in the country.
The plague is usually spread by fleas living on wild rodents and can be deadly for adults if contracted.
Due to the mountainous nature of some parts of China and Mongolia, there is constant concern over the spread of the virus.
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A death was reported in the Mongolian city of Bayannur after contracting the virus earlier in the summer.
Authorities placed a lockdown in the area to stop the virus from breaking out.
An official in the city of Bayannur said: “The place of residence of the deceased is locked down, and a comprehensive epidemiological investigation is being carried out.
“Currently, there is a risk of the human plague spreading in our city.”
So far this year, Mongolia has reported six confirmed cases of the deadly virus with a further three deaths.
One outbreak was also reported in the southern Russia region where the Altai Mountains were located.
At its peak, during the 14th century, the plague is believed to have killed more than 2100 million people.
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