BEIJING (Reuters) – Authorities in a city in China’s Inner Mongolia region warned after a bubonic plague patient died of multiple organ failures, state media reported Saturday.
Plague cases are not uncommon in China, although outbreaks have become increasingly rare. From 2009 to 2018, China reported 26 cases and 11 deaths.
The patient was confirmed to be bubonic plague, the People’s Daily reported, citing an announcement by the Bayan Nur city health committee. The bubonic plague, known as the “Black Death” in the Middle Ages, is a highly contagious and often fatal disease that is mainly transmitted by rodents.
The committee issued a third-level warning effective Friday through the end of 2020, the second lowest in a four-level system, to prevent the disease from spreading, the People̵
This is the second death of a plague patient reported in the Inner Mongolia region this month.
On Thursday, authorities in the city of Baotou, which borders the city of Bayan Nur, reported that a patient with an “intestinal plague” had died of circulatory failure.
Bayan Nur authorities have locked the area where the dead patient lived and quarantined seven close contacts of the patient who have so far tested negative for the disease and taken preventive medication.
Reporting by Roxanne Liu and Norihiko Shirouzu in Beijing; Editing by Himani Sarkar