Judging by the craziness 2020 has brought us so far, one might think nothing could surprise us anymore. Well, think again. Bubonic plague, the one that killed half of Europe back in the 13th century, has just made a comeback in China and Mongolia.
Two people, a 17-year-old and a 27-year-old died, in western Mongolia of suspected bubonic plague on July 1. Later, lab results confirmed that they had contracted the disease.
After a suspected case in Bayan Nur, a city in the Chinese region of inner Mongolia, 146 people are currently under quarantine.
The two who contracted this disease ate marmot meat. Although the condition isn’t caused by consuming marmot meat, it is derived from a bacterium called Yersinia Pestis, which is found in fleas. That is the root cause of this plague and the one that killed millions, hundreds of years ago.
As expected, Twitterati went into a full-blown meltdown as soon as the reports surfaced.
This year has already given us a pandemic, and the thought of another one makes people want to leave the planet.
Despite the fear, we are now much better equipped to deal with a bacteria-based disease than we were back in the 13th century.
While COVID-19 and China’s expansionist exploits distract the world, there is another potential pandemic brewing in their backyard.
As the G4 H1 N1 virus hits the headlines, another virus called the hantavirus has caused the CCP to burry more information.
As the world battles COVID-19, there is an urgent need to monitor whatever China has in store for us.
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Last modified: July 6, 2020 11:18 PM UTC