China Bubonic Plague: 'Not High Risk' To Others, WHO Says
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While the World Health Organization said it is “carefully” keeping an eye on a confirmed case of the bubonic plague in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China, it does not seem to be “high-risk,” a spokesperson said in Geneva.

Key facts:

• WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris said the bubonic plague case reported on 5 July appears to be “well-managed,” according to the BBC.

• According to Xinhua, a Chinese state news agency, a suspected case of the bubonic plague was reported on 5 July in Bayannur in Inner Mongolia, more than 550 miles west of Beijing, which was later confirmed on 7 July.

• The patient is reportedly an animal herder and is said to be in stable condition at a local hospital, according to the BBC.

• Authorities in Bayannur have directed locals to not hunt or eat animals that could carry the disease and to practice caution to prevent transmission between humans, Xinhua reported.

• The disease is caused by bacteria carried by fleas of small animals, called Yersinia pestis, according to the WHO.

• "Bubonic plague has been with us and is always with us, for centuries. We are looking at the case numbers in China. It's being well managed,” Harris told reporters in Geneva according to the BBC. "At the moment, we are not considering its high risk but we're watching it, monitoring it carefully."

• If left untreated, the bubonic type can have a case-fatality rate of between 30% and 60%, according to the WHO.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2020/07/07/chinas-case-of-bubonic-plague-not-high-risk-to-others-who-says/#1962e22b66a8
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