Russia still ranks third in the number of COVID-19 infections in the world, after the United States and Brazil, but this is not the only fatal outbreak she needs to worry about.
In nearby Mongolia, near the Russian border a rare, ancient bubonic plague, known in history as the “Black Death”, reappearedAs a result, Mongolia established in the west the territory of the western region of the province of Khovd along the border.
Two cases were confirmed after laboratory test results. Two brothers, 27 and 16 years old, are currently in separate hospitals in the western province of Dorje Nrangerelle after eating groundhog meat.
Older brother said to be “Very serious condition” and “multiple organ failure”, according to the Ministry of Health of Mongolia. He is being treated for “Groundhog plague and secondary lung diseases”,
Bubonic plague can kill in 24 hours and includes the rapid onset of fever and painful swelling of the lymph nodes under the arms, in the neck or groin. Bacteria can also infect the lungs in a rarer form.
It is believed that the brothers caught this disease while skinning and marmot cleaning. This usually spreads through fleas that live from infected rodents. Health authorities in the region have have long been warned about the danger of eating groundhog due to the possibility of contracting plague, From time to time, residents of the region become infected with plague by eating raw groundhog meat.
Fearing a potential outbreak that killed one third of Europe’s population in the 14th century, Mongolia’s health authorities began aggressively tracking contacts. China Xinhua news reports that at least 146 people were isolated in local hospitals after contact with infected brothersThe Ministry of Health also reported that 504 second contacts were identified.
Reportedly, vehicles or outside residents are not allowed in the quarantine territories of the province. It is believed that around 2,000 people a year are infected with rare but renewed attacks of bubonic plague throughout the world.
But this is not the only “new” health threat that the region is worried about. Like us previously reportedAbout half a million Chinese people living in Hebei province (not Hubei, Hebei), the province in northern China that surrounds Beijing (which acts as an independent “national city”), are under lock and key on fears of a new strain of flu that could “potentially become a pandemic”,
It recently appeared in an already dwindling pig population in China, but scientists say it can infect humans, making it look like the H1N1 virus, which spreads across Asia, and reaches North America in a short-term pandemic.
WHO researchers are on their way and are likely to take this threat much more seriously after the setbacks and deep neglect of the coronavirus, or at least hopefully.