Published On: Wed, Aug 26th, 2020

China bubonic plague spreads: 17 provinces now infected after alarming new cases | World | News


Three more cases of the virus have now been discovered in the central Mongolian province of Uvurkhangai. 

With this new cluster of cases, the health ministry has confirmed that almost every province in the country now has an active outbreak. 

Due to its proximity on the border with China, there are increased concerns the deadly infectious disease may soon migrate across. 

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.”

This means 17 out of the 21 provinces in the country have now reported outbreaks. 

Indeed, China had also reported outbreaks of the bubonic plague in the northern region of Inner Mongolia in July and earlier this month. 

Due to the outbreak, China placed a lockdown on the region in order to stop a catastrophic pandemic spreading throughout the country again. 

A death was reported in the city of Bayannur due to organ failure after contracting the deadly disease. 

Authorities in his village 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.”

Another person also died after contracting the virus in the nearby city of Baotou. 

Due to the impact of the coronavirus, Chinese health officials have moved quickly to quarantine any town or city at risk of the bubonic to stop a second pandemic from occurring. 

The bubonic plague, which caused the Black Death, is transmitted by fleas which usually live on rodents. 

As a result of the mountainous terrain in Mongolia and northern China, there is a high number of rodents potentially carrying the virus. 

Such was the potency of the disease, it caused 50 million deaths across Europe in the Middle Ages. 

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