By Kiptanui Rutto
China has hit the headlines for a good part of the year since the emergence of Corona Virus. Now, it is it again but with a different killer disease, Bubonic plague!
Authorities in Inner Mongolia have closed a village due to re-emergence of the disease that was responsible for the most deadly disease in human history centuries ago.
The Baotou Municipal Health Commission in Baotou city closed Suji Xincun village after a resident died from the deadly pandemic caused by bacteria and transmitted through flea bites and infected animals.
The Health Commission through its website stated that the death from Suji Xincun village was reported to health authorities last week and was confirmed to be a Bubonic plague patient as the patient died of circulatory system failure.
The report did not mention how the patient had caught the plague. Nine close contacts and 26 secondary contacts of the patient have been quarantined.
However, the statement indicated that all villagers were tested and all tested negative for the disease. To prevent the spread of the disease, the village was sealed off by authorities and ordered a daily disinfection of homes.
This is the second case and first death of Bubonic plague confirmed in China has this year. The first case was in July in Bayannur, another city in Inner Mongolia.
Until the end of the year, Damao Banner, the district where the village is located has been put on Level 3 alert.
An estimate of 50 million people was killed by Bubonic plague in Europe during the Black Death pandemic in the Middle Ages.
According to 2016 data, the possibility of plague exists on almost every continent, especially the western United States, parts of Brazil, scattered areas in southeast Africa and large swaths of China, India and the Middle East.