Mongolian couple die of bubonic plague after eating raw marmot meat

The plague

The case was reported in the Bayan-Ulgii district, after the pair ate raw meat of a marmot - a type of rodent.

American Peace Corps volunteer Sebastian Pique said that after it was announced that there was a quarantine, people did not want to leave their homes for fear of catching the plague.

The ethnic Kazakh couple died on 1 May in Mongolia's westernmost province of Bayan-Ulgii, which borders Russian Federation and China.

However there is no inter-human transmission of bubonic plague, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Immediately a six-day quarantine was imposed, stranding numerous tourists.

Ochierpurev continued by saying the quarantine consisted of 118 individuals who were in contact with the couple.

Health authorities have warned against eating marmot meat, which they believe carries the bubonic plague germ.

The rodent is a known carrier of Yersinia pestis, the bacterium commonly associated with the highly contagious bubonic plague. The quarantine was lifted on May 7, 2019.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says modern antibiotics are effective in treating plague, but without immediate care the infection can cause serious illness or even death. However, if an individual does not receive care immediately, they can become seriously ill or die.

Bubonic plague is the most common form of plague and is caused by the bite of an infected flea.

The plague was responsible for millions of deaths in Europe and Asia in the 14th century.

Deaths from the plague are much rarer now, though a few people in the USA still die from it every year, according to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics.



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