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Nothing much to worry about bubonic plague: Experts

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 • Tamil Comments

CNN on Tuesday reported authorities in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia as saying that they have imposed a high alert in the region after a suspected case of bubonic plague. A Level III early warning was issued on Sunday, with authorities "urging residents to strictly follow prevention and control measures regarding the handling of wild animals." Reports say that the one infected person is a herdsman. He has since been quarantined. Good thing is that he has been in a stable condition.

World Health Organization has said that bubonic plague is primarily caused by a bacterial infection. "Reports say it can infect human beings from the consumption of raw meat of marmot – a type of rodent. Reportedly, it is not fatal if treated with commonly available antibiotics," a SheThePeople report says.

While the case has sparked fears, experts say that there is nothing much to worry about. Social media influencer Dan Olson writes, "Bubonic plague never actually went away, it's just countered extremely effectively by sanitation. Like cholera, it's kinda everywhere in the world, but doesn't hit humans until we are living with fleas and drinking poop-contaminated water."

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