Two People In China Infected With The Plague, The Same Disease Tied To Black Death

Two People In China Infected With The Plague, The Same Disease Tied To Black Death

As of Tuesday, two people from the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia are being treated for pneumonic plague at Beijing's Chaoyang District.

The time to scream and run to the hills might be closer than you envisioned. As of Tuesday, two people in China are being treated for plague according to authorities. Yes, it's the same Black Death that struck the majority of Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s and resulted in one of the most devastating epidemics in human history. The latest occurrence of the deathly disease is the second instance that had been detected in the region after a Mangolian couple succumbed to it. After consuming the raw kidney of a marmot, which is considered to be a local folk treatment, the pair died of bubonic plague in May, reports CNN.


In the latest incident, doctors in the Chinese capital, Beijing, reportedly diagnosed two patients from the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia with pneumonic plague. Currently, the patients are being treated at Beijing's Chaoyang District, with the authorities placing preventative control measures to contain it. According to a report by CNN, the plague is usually caused by bacteria, which is then transmitted by infected animals and flea bites. This can develop into three different kinds of plague, Bubonic plague is one of them. 


While bubonic plague causes the lymph nodes to swell, septicemic plague infects the blood, and pneumonic plague attacks the lungs and infects them. The Chinese patients have contracted the pneumonic kind, which is way more harmful and virulent. If left untreated, it is fatal, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Since antibiotics weren't invented during the Middle Ages, the plague outbreaks couldn't be contained and claimed 50 million lives. Thanks to outstanding advancements in the realms of medicine today, most of these infections can be treated if they are caught during an early stage. 


If you think that the plague has been wiped out ever since its devastating occurrence in the mid-1300s, you can't be wronger. Between 2010 to 2015, more than 3,248 plague cases had been reported worldwide, which resulted in 584 deaths as per WHO's reports. The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, and Peru, are known to be the most endemic countries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there have been a few dozens of plague cases every year in the United States. Back in 2015, two Colorado residents died after contracting the plague and the year before eight cases were reported in the state. After causing nearly 50,000 human cases in the past 20 years, the WHO has now categorized the plague as a re-emerging disease.


To keep oneself safe from this dangerous disease, the CDC has provided some preventive measures which need to be implemented. If you find rodents' nesting area around your home, garages, sheds, and recreation areas, it should be removed by eliminating trash, rock piles, and excess firewood. In case you find a dead carcass of an animal near your residence, contact your local health officials or alert law enforcement. No matter what refrain from touching picking it up or touching it, and if absolutely required, use a stick or wear gloves while handling a sick or dead animal. Make sure to prevent flea bites by using an insect repellant that contains DEET, and regularly treat your cats and dogs for fleas. Avoid sleeping with your pets as it increases one's chances of getting the plague. Finally, see to it that your pets don't hunt or roam around rodent habitats, for instance, prairie dog colonies.


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