WHO: “We are closely monitoring” cases of bubonic plague in China

The World Health Organization said on Tuesday July 7 that it is closely monitoring the development of cases of bubonic plague in China.

A rather “well managed” situation

In recent days, cases of bubonic plague have been reported in China. For its part,WHO wanted to make it known that she is following this situation closely. At a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday, an Organization spokesperson, Margaret Harris, made statements about the situation. According to her, for now, the’WHO does not consider it to be a “high risk”, but does pay close attention to it in partnership with the Chinese and Mongolian authorities. She wanted to emphasize that it is not a “high threat” and that the situation was rather “well managed”, reports Ouest France.

“Case of bubonic plague in Inner Mongolia”

L’WHO also indicated that she was informed by the China, July 6, “a case of bubonic plague in Inner Mongolia”. Authorities in the Mongolian city of Bayannur, in northern China, have banned hunting and eating animals (especially groundhogs) that can transmit bubonic plague until the end of the year. They also urged residents to report any dead or sick rodents.

The bubonic plague, a priori non-communicable between people, is the most common form of the disease, recalls the newspaper Le Figaro. It is transmitted from animals to humans, in particular, through the bites of infected fleas or through direct contact with the carcasses of small infected animals.

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