The cases of a new Bubonic plague has been on a gradual increase in China around the Mongolia autonomous region. The health ministry said on Wednesday that two suspected cases were confirmed in Khovd province in western Mongolia by last test result.
According to China Daily, the two confirmed cases are a 27-year-old resident and his 17-year-old brother who ate marmot meat. The health officials have therefore warned people not to eat marmot meat. It is reported that a total of 146 people who had contact with them have been isolated and treated at local hospitals.
The World Health Organization has said that bubonic plague which is a bacteria disease that is spread by fleas living on wild rodents such as marmots can kill an adult in less than 24 hours if not treated in time.
The local authority in the Mongolia region announced a level III warning of plague prevention and control on Sunday. The warning it said will continue until the end of 2020.
“At present, there is a risk of a human plague epidemic spreading in this city. The public should improve its self-protection awareness and ability, and report abnormal health conditions promptly,” the local authority said.