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Not Again: China Says It Confirmed A Case of Bubonic Plague

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Months after the detrimental COVID-19 pandemic originated in China, the country is now reporting a positive case of the Bubonic Plague in a hospital in Bayannur, Inner Mongolia, according to the South China Morning Post.

Officials are asking residents and tourists to stay out of the grasslands overnight and avoid contact, especially consumption, of wild animals. If someone develops a fever, they are asked to report history with animals and travels in the grasslands.

A herdsman was reported as a potential case on Saturday evening and confirmed Sunday. The region initiated a third-level alert which asks the public to report any cases of suspicious fevers or plague symptoms, bans hunting, and requires the reporting of sick or dying marmots — a rodent and most common host of the plague in inner Mongolia.

While cases of the plague have been confirmed in Asia in recent years, it is quite uncommon. According to the Jerusalem Post, between 2009 and 2018, China reported just 26 cases and 11 deaths.

The Bubonic Plague is one of the deadliest diseases in history. Referred to as the “Black Death” in the Middle Ages, the plague wiped out between 75 and 200 million people in Eurasia and North America in the mid 1300s — roughly one out of three people in Europe.

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Border Patrol Council President concerned over ‘influx’ of military-aged Chinese men crossing the southern border

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According to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol data Border Patrol agents detained over 30,000 Chinese individuals for illegally crossing the border from January to November 2023, sparking concern.

Just The News reports that National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd on Wednesday said the United States should be incredibly concerned by the influx of military-aged Chinese men coming across the southern border.

“Why are we seeing this influx?” Judd asked on the “Just the News, No Noise” TV show. “At best, they’re just coming here for a better life or for a better job. At worse, they’re coming here to be part of the Chinese government, and that’s what scares me an awful lot.”

“We know that the Chinese have huge gangs here in the United States, and they control certain parts of our country,” he later said. “They control the drug flow. They control the prostitution. They control everything that’s illegal in certain portions of the country. We have to look into that. It’s very important that we understand why we are having so many people from China, especially military-aged men, from China.”

“I don’t want to cause mass hysteria where United States citizens are violent towards people from China,” Judd said. “However, we have to … allow the intelligence community to do their job. We’ve got to let law enforcement do their job and look into these individuals.”

Many Chinese immigrants are leaving due to economic conditions in China and its strict lockdowns, Yahoo News reported.

“Again, at best, they’re here for a better life,” Judd said. “At worst, they’re here to be part of the Chinese government to infiltrate our own country.”

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