At a time when the entire world is fighting against COVID19 pandemic, one suspected case of bubonic plague has been reported by a hospital in northern China’s Inner Mongolia.
The detection of the suspected case of bubonic plague has come to light in a statement issued by a local health commission on its website.
As per a media report, a third-level warning alert was issued on Sunday.
The warning period will reportedly be extended to the end of this year.
The report said Bayannaoer health commission warned that there are risks of human-to-human infection from the plague.
The health commission urged the people in the city to take precautions to avoid infection.
According to another report, the alert forbids the hunting and eating of animals that could carry plague and asks the public to report any suspected cases of plague or fever with no clear causes, and to report any sick or dead marmots.
Bubonic plague is a bacterial disease that is spread by fleas living on wild rodents such as marmots.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the plague can kill an adult in less than 24 hours if not treated in time
On July 1, state-run Xinhua news agency said two suspected cases of bubonic plague reported in Khovd province in western Mongolia.
Bubonic plague is one of three types of plague caused by bacterium Yersinia pestis.
If someone is affected by Bubonic plague, flu-like symptoms develop, within one to seven days after exposure to the bacteria.
Bubonic plague symptoms include headaches, fever, and vomiting.
Swollen and painful lymph nodes occur in the area closest to where the bacteria entered the skin.
Wuhan, the capital of China’s central Hubei province, was the epicenter of COVID19 epidemic.