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Move over, coronavirus. The bubonic plague wants the spotlight now. A confirmed case of the bubonic plague was reported this weekend in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia.
The disease caused the Black Death pandemic from 1346 to 1353, and reportedly resulted in the deaths of more than 50 million people in Europe.
This latest case of the bubonic plague was discovered on Saturday (July 4) in the city of Bayannur in Inner Mongolia
A local hospital alerted authorities of the case on Saturday. By Sunday, authorities issued a Level 3 warning for plague prevention, according to Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua:
“A hospital alerted municipal authorities of the patient’s case on Saturday. By Sunday, local authorities had issued a citywide Level 3 warning for plague prevention, the second-lowest in a four-level system.
The warning will stay in place until the end of the year.
The plague, caused by bacteria and transmitted through flea bites and infected animals, is one of the deadliest bacterial infections in human history. During the ‘Black Death’ in the Middle Ages, it killed an estimated 50 million people in Europe.”
The People’s Daily, a state-run media agency, confirmed that the suspected case was in fact the bubonic plague.
#UPDATE: An earlier suspected case has been confirmed as bubonic plague in the city of Bayannur in North #China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, according to local health commission on Sunday. https://t.co/oqwaSvlDBI
— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) July 6, 2020
A local health authority said: “At present, there is a risk of a human plague epidemic spreading in this city. The public should improve its self-protection awareness and ability, and report abnormal health conditions promptly.”
It’s unclear how this case was transmitted, but many reports pointed out that the marmot (a large ground squirrel) is believed to have caused the pneumonic plague epidemic of 1911, which killed 63,000 people in China.
Authorities in Bayannur, Inner Mongolia have warned the public to report any findings of dead or sick marmots in the region.
At present, it’s unclear whether this latest case of the bubonic plague will erupt into a pandemic. So far, only one case has been confirmed.
In July 2019, Dr. Drew Pinsky warned that the bubonic plague may be festering in California, thanks to the unsanitary conditions caused by the state’s homelessness epidemic.
California waterways polluted with alarming levels of dangerous fecal bacteria due to homelessness
— GodSpeed (@God_SpeedUSA) January 13, 2020
Last summer, Pinsky said 1.5% of the rat population in California has the bubonic plague. And when it reaches 2%, it will transfer to people.
Local activists blame California’s left-wing policies for the mass homelessness epidemic that’s destroying the state.
Dr. Drew Pinsky warned that an infectious disease epidemic could erupt across California if lawmakers don’t do something to curb the crisis, which has caused city streets to be covered in trash, drugs and human feces.
Pinsky noted: “We have tens of thousands of people living in tents. Horrible conditions. Sanitation. Rats have taken over the city. We have multiple rodent-borne, flea-borne illnesses, plague, typhus. We’re gonna have louse-borne illness. If measles breaks into that population, we have tuberculosis exploding.”
Indeed, local news reports found that sprawling tent cities have resulted in California’s beaches, rivers, and streams becoming contaminated with dangerous fecal bacteria.
Moreover, there are mountains of rat-infested rotting trash on the streets. In 2018, rats carrying typhus were found in Los Angeles. Great job, Democrats!
Los Angeles: home to sprawling tent cities & mountains of rat-infested rotting trash on the streets. Last year, rats carrying typhus-infected fleas were found in the city. Reporting by @JoelNBCLA & @NBCLAamy. https://t.co/fCvPBRE6A9 pic.twitter.com/yHEJrbLeVh
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 22, 2019
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