China has thrown a bomb news after a suspected case of the bubonic plague was reported in Bayan Nur, in the northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. A level III warning of plague prevention and control has been issued, the state-run People’s Daily Online reported.
Plague is a zoonotic disease affecting rodents and transmitted by fleas from rodents to other animals and to humans. Direct person-to-person transmission does not occur except in the case of pneumonic plague, when respiratory droplets may transfer the infection from the patient to others in close contact, according to the World Health Organisation.
What are the signs and symptoms of bubonic plague?
Usually, people infected with plague have flu-like symptoms two to three days after infection. Symptoms of bubonic plague include Sudden onset of fever and chills, Headache, Muscle aches, Fatigue and Seizures
Individuals may also develop painful swollen lymph glands, called buboes – which are about the size of a chicken egg and situated in the armpit, groin, or neck. Perhaps, the buboes are what give the disease – bubonic plague – its name.
What causes bubonic plague and how does it spread?
The bubonic plague is a bacterial infection – caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis. It can spread through contact with infected fleas. The infection is usually contracted when an infected rodent or flea bites you. You can get bubonic plague through direct contact with an infected animal or person by eating an infected animal.
Precautions to take ?
Avoid any contact with live or dead rodents.