Black Death plague that killed nearly 60% population of Europe in the 14th Century reappears in China
The bubonic plague or Black Death was once the world's most feared disease, but now it can be easily treated.
China has stepped up precautions after a city in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region confirmed one case of the bubonic plague.
According to details, the Bayannur patient is in quarantine and is in a stable condition.
Officials said they were also inspecting a second suspected case.
The bubonic plague or Black Death was once the world’s most feared disease, but now it can be easily treated.
The first case was reported as a suspected bubonic plague on Saturday at a hospital in Bayannur city. It is still not clear how or why the patient contracted the infection.
The second suspected case involves a 15-year-old, who had been in contact with a marmot hunted by a dog.
#Mongolia discovered another suspected patient infected with the bubonic plague. The 15-year-old patient had a fever after being in contact with a marmot hunted by a dog, according to Mongolian health authorities on Monday. pic.twitter.com/JJ2sEH9uoB
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) July 6, 2020
A level 3 alert, which prohibits the eating of animals that could carry the plague, has been put in place until the end of the year.
What is the Black Death Plague?
The Black Death plague, caused by a bacterial infection, was responsible for one of the deadliest epidemics in human history. The disease killed about 50 million people across Asia, Africa, and Europe in the 14th Century.
However, nowadays, antibiotics can treat the infection. It has a fatality rate of 30-60% if left untreated.
Symptoms of the plague include high fever, nausea, weakness, chills, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, or groin.
Could there be another pandemic?
The Bubonic cases are rare, but there are still a few outbreaks of the virus from time to time.
In 2017, Madagascar saw more than 300 cases during an outburst. However, a study in a medical journal found that less than 30 people died.
However, it is unlikely any cases will lead to an epidemic.
An infectious diseases doctor at Stanford Health Care, Dr. Shanti Kappagoda, told the international news outlet, “Unlike, the 14th Century, we now understand how this disease was spread”.
“We know how to stop it. Now, we are also able to treat patients who are contaminated with effective antibiotics,” She said.
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