Parts of Chinese city in quarantine after plague death: Xinhua




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BEIJING – China has sealed parts its northwestern city Yumen after a resident died bubonic plague last week, state media reported on .

A 38-year-old victim infected by a marmot, a wild rodent, and died on July 16. Several districts the city about 100,000 people in Gansu province were subsequently turned into special zones, Xinhua said.

It said 151 people came into direct contact with the victim were also placed in . None have so far shown any infection, the news agency said. [eap_ad_2] The city had set aside 1 million yuan ($161,200) for emergency vaccinations, the Jiuquan Daily, a local newspaper, said on .

The plague is a bacterial disease spread by the fleas of wild rodents such as marmots. While the disease can be effectively treated, can die 24 hours after the initial infection, the World .

Outbreaks in China have been rare in recent years, and most have happened in remote areas of the west. China’ state broadcaster said there were 12 diagnosed cases and three in the province of Qinghai in 2009, and one in Sichuan in 2012.

Beijing’ disease control centre sought to dispel worries about a wider of the disease in China, saying on its website (www.bjcdc.org) the risk of the disease spreading to the capital minimal. (Reuters)[eap_ad_3]