WHO doesn’t see bubonic plague in China as high risk, spokeswoman says

World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Tuesday that the apparent outbreak of bubonic plague in China is being “well managed” and is representing a high risk.

Yersinia pestis (by A.Myasnikov for Wiki, made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication)

One day after a hospital reported a case of suspected bubonic plague, on Sunday local authorities issued a warning for the city of Bayan Nur in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia.

The case is not the first in the area, four reported cases of plague were registered last November, including two of pneumonic plague, a deadlier variant.

WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a U.N. 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 is a highly infectious and deadly disease, that is spread mostly by rodents and it was known in the Middle Ages as the “Black Death”. Cases are not unusual in China although they are becoming increasingly rare.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-plague-who/who-doesnt-see-bubonic-plague-in-china-as-high-risk-spokeswoman-idUSKBN24812Q

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