Bubonic Plague Cases In China
Preventive Measures Have Been Implemented In the Area of Inner Magnolia
Recently, a confirmed case of Bubonic plague has been diagnosed in the Inner Mongolia city due to which multiple control measures have been implemented to prevent further transmission of the infection that previously happened due to the coronavirus outbreak in China. The deadly bubonic plague cases in China have begun to slightly increase across the country. This is the same outbreak that was the cause of the Black Death in the middle ages.
Another deadly outbreak in China
The first case of bubonic plague, which has been diagnosed in a herdsman, is in stable condition and under strict monitoring and observation. To prevent further spread of infection across the country, the area has been put under strict control measures that reduce the risk of community transmission. The bubonic plague cases in China portrays that even though the world is suffering from coronavirus that has taken the lives of millions of people, old threats such as bubonic plague still remains that has the power to wipe out whole cities and civilizations.
As the first recent bubonic plague cases in China have been diagnosed in a herdsman, the surrounding area has been put under a third level alert. This warning is to alert individuals against hunting, transportation, or eating of any animal that might be infected with the deadly pathogen. All diseased or dead animals and rodents found in the hunting grounds should be immediately notified to the authorities that will help reduce the risk of further transmission of infection.
To prevent an escalation in bubonic plague cases in China, the local government has put several plague prevention measures that would remain in effect for the rest of this year. The cause of death of Black Deaths in the middle ages was due to the Yersinia pestis bacterium. This pathogen is easily transmittable via fleas that are present in the infected rodent.
The recent bubonic plague cases in China are diagnosed in the rural region of Inner Mongolia, in which the host body for this bacterium is marmots are found abundantly in the area.
Could this plague evidently become an epidemic?
The overall number of bubonic plague cases is very rare, but from time to time, several rapid escalations of the pathogen have been recorded. In the year 2017, Madagascar recorded more than 300 cases, out of which multiple died due to the bacterial infection.
In May 2019, Magnolia recorded two individuals who have died after being diagnosed with bubonic plague. The cause of transmission was eating raw meat of an infected marmot. Even if the number of bubonic plague cases in China might increase, there is little to no chance that this issue persists and becomes an epidemic, affecting individuals all across the world.
There was little knowledge regarding the bubonic plague cases due to which the Black Death occurred in the middle ages amid 14th century, but now with technological advancements across the world, there are multiple ways by which the number of bubonic plague cases in China and other parts of the world could be limited and completely eliminated.
Those individuals who are infected by the deadly bacterium can be easily treated with the help of various effective antibiotic medications and complete isolation. The infected patient suffers from swollen lymph nodes in the region of the armpits and groin, which causes immense pain. In some cases, the body’s extremities, i.e., fingers and toes turn black. The bacterium could also travel to the lungs, causing chest pain, difficulty in breathing, and cough.
From the time duration of 2010 to 2015, a total number of 3,248 confirmed cases have been reported worldwide, out of which 584 has died after being infected by the lethal bacterium.
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