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The Bubonic Plague is BACK and China Has Quarantined a Whole Town!


An entire town in China has been sealed off, with 151 people placed in quarantine since last week. This move came after a man died of bubonic plague, and others were feared infected, according to Chinese state media on Tuesday.

Their are 30,000 people living in the quarantined region of Yumen in the northwestern province of Gansu. None of them are currently allowed to leave. Police were set up at roadblocks on its perimeter, telling motorists to find alternative routes, according to state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).

Earlier this month, the 38-year-old victim was said to have found a had found a dead marmot, a small hairy animal from the grasslands of the region, related to the squirrel.

After preparing the animal for feeding to his dog, the man developed a fever the same day. His condition worsened after he was rushed to the hospital, and he died last Wednesday.

“The city has enough rice, flour and oil to supply all its residents for up to one month,” state CCTV added.

“Local residents and those in quarantine are all in stable condition.”

A previous report by the China Daily newspaper had reported that “four quarantine sectors” were set up in the city, while CCTV made the quarantine sound a bit more voluntary.

The Plague is categorized as a “Class A infectious disease” in China. The official news agency Xinhua said that this is “the most serious under China’s Law on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases”.

The “Black Death”, another more well-known name for the infection, is an epidemic disease that killed tens of millions of people in 14th century Europe.

But a more recent pandemic, the Modern Plague, surfaced in China in the 1860s, reaching Hong Kong by 1894, according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

“Over the next 20 years, it spread to port cities around the world by rats on steamships,” the CDC says. “The pandemic caused approximately 10 million deaths.”

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