- A suspected case of bubonic plague has been reported in Inner Mongolia and people around the world are taking this very seriously
- The case has put authorities in the Chinese region on high alert and all is being done to make sure the risk is dealt with
- The bubonic plague is what caused the Black Death pandemic in the Middle Ages, which is why this is being closely monitored
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A suspected case of bubonic plague was discovered in the city of Bayannur, located northwest of Beijing, on Sunday.
The disease caused the Black Death pandemic in the Middle Ages, which reportedly killed over 50 million people in Europe.
The case put authorities in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia on high alert. The plague is caused by a bacteria that is transmitted through flea bites and infected animals.
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The bacterial disease is one of the deadliest recorded in the history of humanity, CNN reported.
According to state-run Xinhua news agency, the region will stay on high alert until the end of the year.
Briefly.co.za learned symptoms of the plague include painful, swollen lymph nodes as well as fever, chills and coughing.
Authorities also called on locals to report dead or sick marmots, a type of large ground squirrel that is hunted for its fur as well as meat for consumption.
Marmots infamously caused the 1911 pneumonic plague epidemic which killed 63 000 people in northeast China.
Many social media users freaked out over the news, however, others said it was important to point out the plague has been present for years and is treatable.
Twitter user, @AngieAbdelmonem, commented:
"For people who don’t know, the plague is everywhere still, including here in the US - its very treatable."
Another tweep, @Tich_TinyT, added:
"Still around, treatable. Hate it when the MSM sensationalise something that causes unnecessary panic. Also demonising a country for something they have in theirs."
Twitter user, @Avaisoy, said:
"You could have added that it also treatable. We are already scared, no need to scare us more."
Adam Sith, who goes by the Twitter handle @dfunkedtt, wrote:
"Seriously? The plague is easily treated with antibiotics and is spread by fleas. And its already in the USA. Why get people worried about this?"
News of the bubonic plague followed other reports of a new type of swine flu identified in China.
Briefly.co.za previously reported scientists have alerted the public of a new flu virus resident in Chinese pigs, saying it has become even more infectious and dangerous to humans and needs to be closely monitored so it does not become another pandemic.
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