The Plague contained in Gansu
The town of Yumen in northwest China’s Gansu Province has been reopened after a plague-scare sent the town into quarantine for nine days.
On July 16, a 38-year-old local man died from Bubonic Plague, which he likely contracted after coming into contact with a dead marmot, a member of the rodent tribe.
151 other people who had been in contact with the man were also quarantined, but so far none has reported symptoms.
The plague is categorized as a class-A infectious disease, the most serious under China’s Law on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases.
With the help of modern medicine, the plague has largely been brought under control, but can still be fatal if not promptly treated.
The ancient disease is most famous as the primary culprit during the “Black Death”, which killed tens of millions of people in 14th-century Europe, but has also surfaced in China in more modern times during the late 19th century, and sporadically since then.
In 2012, a resident in the village of Litang, Sichuan Province, died of the plague after eating a dead marmot.
Netizens on Sina Weibo were quick to comment.
“The plague has been very rare now, but we can’t take it lightly.”@shayuanjili
“A pop science: Never touch bodies of dead rodents.” @roundlaruku
“Continuously paying attention to this. I believe human beings will be able to conquer the plague.” @shengyulipinggu
Adapted from Shanghai Daily and Xinhua