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BUBONIC plague has broken out in a Chinese city with authorities issuing an epidemic warning after a local farmer contracted the virus that caused the infamous Black Death
The resident of the Inner Mongolian Chinese city of Bayan Nur is now said to be in a stable condition. The city has been placed under a level three warning for epidemic control. This is the second-lowest in a four-level system.
The hunting and eating of wild animals has been forbidden.
In November 2019 the same area of Inner Mongolia was the scene of an outbreak of pneumonic plague. Pneumonic plague ia a deadlier variant of Bubonic plague. The bubonic plague is caused by the bacteria called Yersinia pestis. This bacteria is usually found in small mammals and their fleas, particularly rats.
Unlike the coronavirus, the disease is caused by an infection of bacteria. If antibiotics are administered within 24 hours of infection patients likely to survive. If anti-biotics are not available the virus can lead to a prolonged painful death. The disease results in large swellings in the groin armpits and neck. The bubonic plague was the disease behind the pandemic during the medieval times called The Black Death.
The Black Death resulted in more than 100 million deaths worldwide. It has been estimated that it reduced the population of Europe by two thirds. The Bubonic plague becomes more deadly when it mutates into the Pneumonic plague variant. The Pneumonic plague is the only form of the disease that can be transmitted from person to person.
This happens through respiratory droplets. Thes droplets are released through coughing and sneezing. There is a 30 percent to 60 percent of perishing from Bubonic plague if it is left untreated. Fatalities from Pneumonic plague are even higher. The falatlity rate of untreated Pneumonic plague approaches 100 percent.
Vaccines for Pneumonic plague are being developed, although in most countries they are not yet commercially available