Bubonic plague on the rise in China?
Isolated cases of the bubonic plague occur again and again in China and other areas in the tropics and subtropics. Over the weekend, authorities in southwest China registered a new case. A three-year-old boy from a remote village in the Menghai area of Yunnan province was confirmed to be infected with the bubonic plague on Sunday.
It is not certain how exactly the child was infected. The officials pointed out, however, that three rats were found dead in the district as early as September 21, suggesting that the plague was transmitted by rodents. The plague is mainly transmitted by fleas to rodents such as rats and sometimes also reaches humans in this way.
After the rats were found dead, there was a nationwide investigation. The boy was diagnosed with the bubonic plague. A statement from the authorities said the patient had mild symptoms and was now in stable condition after treatment.
In order to prevent the highly infectious disease from spreading, the area has been quarantined. In addition, medical staff will perform checks and examine patients with a fever.
There was already a case of bubonic plague in Inner Mongolia in July of this year . The authorities also called for preventive safety measures at the time. Another victim fell ill in August – and died.
The bubonic plague is the most common form of the plague in the world. According to the Robert Koch Institute, it accounts for 80 to 95 percent of all registered plague cases. The symptoms are fatigue, headache, vomiting, fever, chills and impaired consciousness. As the name suggests, swellings filled with purulent secretions are typical of the bubonic plague. Most of the time, the plague is transmitted to humans by fleas from animals such as rats or other rodents.
According to the WHO, there were 3,248 cases between 2010 and 2015, 584 of which were fatal. The infections are most common in Africa, Asia and South America. The three countries with the most common infections are the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar and Peru.
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