Authorities in a region of China issued a warning after a hospital reported a case of suspected bubonic plague.
According to The Guardian report, the health committee of the city of Bayannur in Inner Mongolia issued a third-level alert out of the four-level system.
The alert forbids the hunting and eating animals that possibly carry plague.
In addition, the city government asked the public to report any suspected cases of plague or fever with no clear cause, and patients dying from sudden deaths.
Authorities also urged the public to report any sick or dead animals, particularly marmots.
Some parts of China and Mongolia eat marmots, a type of large ground squirrel. They have historically caused plague outbreaks in the region.
Xinhua News Agency said the alert will stay until the end of the year.
In an interview by China Daily, the local health authority said “At present, there is a risk of a human plague epidemic spreading in this city.
Further, yhe public should improve its self-protection awareness and ability and report abnormal health conditions promptly.”
The marmot caused the 1911 pneumonic plague, killing 63,000 people in northeast China. Hunters get fur from the said animals. However, diseased fur products were traded and transported around the country.
Meanwhile, in May this year, a couple from Mongolia died from a bubonic plague after eating the raw kidney of a marmot.