Two Chinese people have bubonic plague

Two patients living in Inner Mongolia province have pneumonic plague, being treated at the Beijing City Center Hospital.

Local authorities on 12/11 said the cause of the disease has not been clarified.

“The Chinese National Health Commission is working to prevent the disease from spreading and treat two patients, while strengthening surveillance,” said Fabio Scano, coordinator of the World Health Organization (WHO) in China. , said.

Authorities also increased control of information on the Weibo plague, demanding that people not post untrue news.

From 2014 to September, China recorded 5 deaths from bubonic plague, in which a Mongolian couple died after eating raw kidneys. In 2014, Gansu province quarantined 151 people, quarantining 30,000 people after a man died of lymphadenopathy.

Plague is a contagious disease caused by Yersinia pestis, spread by rodents such as rabbits and mice carrying germs. Infected fleas are vectors of disease transmission. In Vietnam the main vector causing disease is the Xenopsylla cheopis flea that lives mainly on mice.

Clinically, plague is divided into several forms, including lymph node, lung, brain and septicemia; in which lymph nodes account for more than 90%.

According to WHO, the lung form is “the most dangerous form of plague”, the risk of infection is very high, patients without timely treatment can die within 24-72 hours. Patients breathe in pneumonic plague bacteria when they are spread in the air, or by dissecting or eating infected animals. Bacteria can be transmitted to others by coughing without an intermediary. It has symptoms of fever, headache, weakness, then coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, sometimes coughing up blood.

The plague caused the “Black Death” in the mid-14th century in European history, claiming the lives of 30 million people, accounting for 33% of the continent’s population at the time.