China bubonic plague: WHO ‘monitoring’ case but says it is ‘not high risk’

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International Desk: The risk of a new disease is increasing in China amid the coronavirus epidemic. Here people are frightened after the case of bubonic plague. This bubonic plague known as ‘black death’ is spread by mice.

A warning has been issued in Inner Mongolia, China, and tourist destinations have been closed. According to the information, 4 cases were reported in November 2019 in which 2 dangerous strains of plague were found.

This was called the pneumonic plague. A similar plague spread in Surat in Gujarat in September 1994. It is believed that in the nineteenth century, this plague spread from the Yunnan province of China to the world.

During 1894, the plague spread across the world from the opium trade centres of Yunnan. According to the WHO, between 2010 and 2015, there were 3,248 plague cases worldwide and 584 deaths. The World Health Organization has given its response after plague cases surfaced in China.

WHO spokeswoman Margret Harris said during a press briefing, “It is being constantly monitored with the China and Mongolia administrations. “Monitoring is being done with caution and there is nothing like panic. What is bubonic plague and how does it spread?”

According to the World Health Organization, it is an infectious disease spread by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis. This bacterium is found in the parasitic flea sticking in the rat body. This disease becomes fatal if the infection becomes more severe.

Plague is of two types – pneumonic and bubonic. Commonly occurring plague is called the bubonic plague, but when its bacteria reaches the lungs, the condition becomes severe, this condition is called pneumonic plague.

According to the WHO, plague disease is caused by germs on the body of mice. The risk of infection increases when mice are around.

Infections of plague bacteria can also occur in people exposed to the plague’s breath and sputum.

After arriving in the body, Yersinia pestis bacteria live in the lymphatic system in the body and increase their numbers here. There are swelling and pain in the lymph node, this condition is called a bubo.

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