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

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.