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Plague epidemic reported in Inner Mongolia, China



Beijing (Associated Press)-Although China seems to have reduced the number of coronavirus cases to near zero, other threats of infectious diseases still exist. The local health department announced that the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region is suspected to be a case of plague.

Authorities in the Bayanur region issued a plague warning on Sunday, instructing residents not to hunt wild animals such as marmots, and not to treat people with fever or other signs of possible infection.

Without treatment, several antibiotics are used, and the plague can kill up to 90% of those infected.

Pneumonic plague can arise from plague and can cause severe lung infections, resulting in shortness of breath, headache and cough.

China has eliminated the plague to a great extent, but there are still a few cases reported, especially among hunters in contact with fleas carrying the bacteria. The last known major outbreak was in 2009, when several people died in the town of Ziketan in Qinghai Province on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

In addition to the coronavirus (found for the first time in the city of Wuhan in central China at the end of last year), China also responded to African swine fever, which caused severe damage to the swine herd.

China has not reported any new deaths from coronavirus in the past few weeks, and Monday reported only one new local infection in the capital, Beijing.


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