Two people in China got the Black Death. They are currently being treated, authorities said on Tuesday.
It’s the second time this disease, the same one that caused one of the deadliest pandemics in history. The plague is present in the region. Surprisingly, a couple died from bubonic plague after eating the raw kidney of a marmot, a local health remedy.
Two recent patients, from Chinese province in inner Mongolia, are diagnose with a pneumonic plague by the Doctors in Beijing. The patients are now receiving treatment.
Black Death and What is plague?
Furthermore, the black death also known as the plague was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history. It resulted in deaths estimated from 75 to 200 million in Eurasia and 1000 to 1400 in Europe. Plague occurs naturally. It is transmitted by fleas and cycles normally among rodents in a form of a bacteria called Yersinia pestis. In addition to this, plague can also infect humans and their pets.
How do you get the plague?
- By bites of infected fleas
- Touching infected animals
- Inhaling from the coughs of an infected person or animal
- Bubonic plague is the most common form of plague. This usually occurs after being bitten by an infected flea. The key feature of the bubonic plague is a swollen, painful lymph node, usually in the groin, armpit, or neck.
- Septicemic plague occurs when the plague bacteria multiply in the bloodstream. Symptoms include high fever, exhaustion, light-headedness, and abdominal pain.
- Pneumonic plague occurs when the plague bacteria infect the lungs. Symptoms include high fever, chills, cough, difficulty breathing, and coughing up bloody mucus. Pneumonic plague is the most fatal if not treated.