Bubonic Plague Latest News: At a time when countries across the world are battling to find a solution to combat COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over 5 lakh people globally so far, China has sounded an alert for another disease can kill an adult in less than 24 hours. That bacterial disease is known as bubonic plague. It is a bacterial disease that is spread by fleas living on wild rodents such as marmots. Also Read - MEA 'Welcomes' UAE-Israel Peace Deal, Calls Both Countries 'Key Strategic Partners' of India

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“At present, there is a risk of a human plague epidemic spreading in this city. The public should improve its self-protection awareness and ability, and report abnormal health conditions promptly,” news agency PTI quoted a local health authority as saying. Also Read - SP Balasubramanyam Critical, Shifted to ICU, on Life Support Due to COVID-19

Earlier on July 1, Xinhua news agency had reported that two people– a 27-year-old resident and his 17-year-old brother, were treated for bubonic plague at two separate hospitals in Khovd province in western Mongolia. The brothers reportedly ate marmot meat.

Following this, the health official had warning people not to eat marmot meat.

A total of 146 people who had contact with them have been isolated and treated at local hospitals.

The researchers are concerned that it could mutate further so that it can spread easily from person to person, and trigger a global outbreak, BBC reported.

“Controlling the prevailing G4 EA H1N1 viruses in pigs and close monitoring in human populations, especially workers in the swine industry, should be urgently implemented,” Chinese researchers warned in the paper.

What are its symptoms: 

Sudden onset of fever

Headache

Chills

Weakness

Tender and painful lymph nodes (called buboes)

How is it caused? 

The bacterial disease usually spreads from bites of fleas that have fed upon rats, rabbits and squirrels. Those who eat marmot meat can also show symptoms of bubonic plague.

How fatal is bubonic plague? 

In the Middle Ages, the bacterial disease had wiped out more than half of Europe’s population, said reports. But now, with the availability of antibiotics, the disease is very much treatable.

The disease has about a 10 per cent fatality rate if diagnosed and treated on time. However, if not treated on time, bubonic plague has a case-fatality ratio of 30 per cent to 60 cent.

(With agency inputs)