WHO says bubonic plague in China does not pose high risk: spokeswoman
GENEVA (SWITZERLAND) – A World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Tuesday that an apparent outbreak of bubonic plague in China is being “well managed” and doesn’t pose high risks.
Local authorities in the city of Bayan Nur in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia issued a warning on Sunday, a day after a hospital reported a case of suspected bubonic plague. It was followed by four reported cases of plague in people there last November, including two of pneumonic plague, a deadlier variant.
WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a UN press briefing in Geneva, “We are monitoring the outbreaks in China, we are watching that closely and in partnership with the Chinese authorities and Mongolian authorities.”
She added, “At the moment we are not…considering it high-risk but we are watching it, monitoring it carefully.”
The bubonic plague was known as the “Black Death” in the Middle Ages, and was a highly infectious and deadly disease spread mostly by rodents. Cases are not uncommon in China although they are becoming increasingly rare.
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