Bubonic plague in China: not a high threat

Peste bubonique en Chine: pas une menace élevée

The world health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday, to closely track cases of bubonic plague in China, stressing that the situation did not present a high threat and was ” well-managed “.

“For the moment, we do not consider that it is a high risk, but we are closely monitoring” the situation, in partnership with the chinese authorities and the mongols, said a spokeswoman of the WHO, Margaret Harris, during a press briefing in Geneva.

Several cases of bubonic plague have been recorded in recent days in China.

The authorities of the city of Bayannur, located in inner Mongolia in northern China, have announced a raft of measures after the discovery this weekend of a case of bubonic plague.

The man, a shepherd, is in a stable condition in a hospital in Bayannur, said the sanitary commission of the city on Sunday in a press release.

The commission has banned the hunting and consumption of animals that are capable of transmitting the plague (especially marmots) until the end of the year, and urged residents to report any rodent that are sick or dead.

Another suspected case involving a teenager of 15 years was reported Monday in Mongolia neighbor, according to the news agency new China.

And two other cases were confirmed last week in the province of mongolia (Khovd involving the brothers, who had eaten the meat of woodchucks, according to the agency.

Nearly 150 people who came into contact with the two men have been quarantined.

In a note sent Tuesday to the media, WHO indicates to have been informed by the China, ” July 6, of a case of bubonic plague in inner Mongolia “.

The WHO warns that the plague is “rare” and is found generally in certain geographic areas of the world where it is still endemic.

“The bubonic plague has been and is always with us, for centuries “, stated to journalists Margaret Harris.

In China, sporadic cases of plague have been reported during the last decade, according to the WHO.

The bubonic plague is the most common form of the disease, and is transmitted from animal to human through the bites of infected fleas or by direct contact with the carcasses of small animals. It is not easily transmissible between people.

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