Bubonic Plague Claims Two People’s Lives In Mongolia

Plague is a type of infection that is caused by Yersinia pestis, a type of rod-shaped bacteria that infects people through the Oriental rat flea. The bubonic plague is a group of three types of plague that are caused by Yersinia pestis.

You are likely familiar with the term bubonic plague as a result of learning about the Black Plague, also known as the Black Death or the Great Plague, which was a pandemic of the infection spanning from 1347 to 1351 in which up to 200 million people across the greater Eurasian continent diet as a direct result of one of the three forms of plague.

Mongolia is an Asian country located directly north of mainland China. Last week, a couple in the country perished from the bubonic plague after consuming a marmot’s raw kidney. It’s said that the kidney, along with the general flesh, of a marmot can be used to secure good health. The Mongolian and Chinese folk remedy has long been known to carry the bubonic plague.

Just yesterday, reports siberiantimes.com, the Mongolian government lifted a quarantine on 118 tourists who were traveling in the country. The quarantine was issued on May 1, the same day that the two Mongolians were confirmed dead as a direct result of the bubonic plague. The quarantine was administered in the province of Bayan Olgii, which is located in the western half of Mongolia. The province directly borders Russia and China alike.

The tourists were from a variety of countries, though most of them were from Kazakhstan, which is only 23 miles away from the farthest east point in Mongolia, Sweden, Switzerland, and South Korea.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the bubonic plague is often successfully treated with modern antibiotics, though only when patients believed to be carrying the sickness are tended to quickly after they are diagnosed. Some of the most popular side effects of the bubonic plague are general senses of weakness, pain in swollen lymph nodes, high fevers, and chills.

Cases of the bubonic plague don’t face modern medicine that often in today’s world thanks to developments made over the past few hundred years. Most cases of the bubonic plague take place in Asia and Africa, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that, each year, some Americans do come down with plague infections.