“Black Death” back in China? – Officials seal off city after man dies from bubonic plague

On Wednesday, a 38-year old man from the city of Yumen, north-western province of Gansu, was reported to have died from the dreaded plague. He was said to have found a dead marmot (related to squirrel) and fed the animal to his dog. On the same day he got ill and died on July 16.

A total of 151 people who have previous contact with the dead man were also isolated according to China Central Television (CCTV). No other fatalities have been reported so far.

Road blocks were also set around the perimeter of the city and police are not allowing anyone from the inside to leave. Motorists are also advised to find an alternate route.

“The city has enough rice, flour and oil to supply all its residents for up to one month,” the AFP said citing CCTV reports. “Local residents and those in quarantine are all in stable condition.” (Click here to read more)

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