China reports a case of bubonic plague

China reports a case of bubonic plague

Chinese authorities have issued a warning after a suspected case of bubonic plague was identified in Inner Mongolia, the BBC reported.

According to state reports, the Bayannur patient – a herdsman – is in quarantine and in a stable condition.

A level 3 alert, which forbids the hunting and eating of animals that could carry plague and calls on the public to report suspected cases, has been put in place until the end of the year.

The bubonic plague was once the world’s most feared disease, but can now be easily treated.

Symptoms of the bacterial infection, mostly spread by rodents, include a fever, swollen lymph nodes and feeling weak. It can be easily prevented by antibiotics.

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