China is on high alert following the outbreak of inguinal plague. A shepherd was quarantined and authorities issued warnings.
A case of inguinal plague has been identified in a city in Inner Mongolia, bringing Chinese authorities back to the forefront..
According to reports, as reported by the BBC, The patient is a shepherd from the town of Bayanur and is in quarantine while his condition is stable..
Officials issued a level warning 3, the second lowest on a four-level scale. The directive prohibits hunting and eating meat.
Deadly disease but treatable
The inguinal plague caused by a bacterial infection, they can be deadly, but can be treated with commonly available antibiotics.
Incidents are reported around the world. The 2017 in Madagascar more than 300 cases.
The main feature of the disease is swollen lymph nodes. It is difficult to detect in its early stages as the symptoms, which usually develop after three to seven days, look like those of the flu.
“In contrast to the 14th century, we now have an understanding of how this disease is transmitted”, said Dr. Shanti Kappagoda, infectious disease doctor at Stanford Health Care.
“We know how to prevent it. We are also able to treat patients who have been infected with effective antibiotics”, he added.
The Black Death caused about 50 millions of deaths across Africa, Asia and Europe in the 14th century.
The last scary outbreak was in London 1665, where about one-fifth of the city's residents died.