Kristine Lofgren

Entire City Quarantined in China After Man Dies of the Bubonic Plague

by , 07/26/14
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You might have thought that the bubonic plague was ancient history, but last week a man in Yumen, China died of the disease, prompting the country to seal off an entire city in order to stop it from spreading. The man contracted the disease after coming in contact with a dead marmot that was carrying the bacteria. Now, about 30,000 people in Yumen have been placed under quarantine and no one is being let in or out of the city.

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Roadblocks have been placed at the perimeter of the city and China Central Television is reporting that traffic has been rerouted and the city has enough flour, rice and oil to sustain itself for the next month. Fortunately, no one else has shown any signs of the disease, but over 150 people have been placed in isolation after coming in contact with the man.

Related: Squirrel Tests Postive for Bubonic Plague Outside of Los Angeles

Recently some scientists have warned that another bubonic plague could reoccur in modern society. However, the CDC says that modern medicine can treat the bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death or the Plague of the Justinian, which wiped out  millions of people in Europe during the 14th century. However, without quick treatment, the disease, which spreads via a bacteria carried by fleas and rodents, can still cause severe illness and death.

Via io9 and ABC

Image via Jason Scragz, image via Shutterstock

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3 Comments

  1. thuanmd1 July 23, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Not a Virus – A bacteria – please get it right first

  2. Heather Armstrong July 23, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    The causative agent of bubonic plague is a bacteria, easily treated with antibiotics.

  3. Alain Beauregard July 23, 2014 at 11:04 am

    It had to be planted there. Its not sometthing that you catch easely…. More like AIDS. You need a blood contact with open sore or wood.

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