Bubonic plague outbreak near the borders of the Russian Federation

Bubonic plague outbreak near the borders of the Russian Federation

Categories: Health and Medicine

While the world is struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, Mongolia is facing another danger. There has been an outbreak of bubonic plague in the west of the country. About 400 people may be carriers of a dangerous disease in close proximity to the Russian borders.

Bubonic plague outbreak near the borders of the Russian Federation

According to the CentralAsia agency, in Western Mongolia, in the province bordering Russia (aimag) Khovd registered a case of infection with bubonic plague of two local residents — a 27-year-old man and a girl (age is not specified).

Bubonic plague outbreak near the borders of the Russian FederationAccording to local media, the sick ate raw groundhog meat. The girl is now in critical condition, doctors are fighting for her life. It is noted that the patient was in contact with a large number of people before she developed symptoms of the plague.

Bubonic plague outbreak near the borders of the Russian Federation

Since June 29, an indefinite quarantine has been declared in the country until the outbreak of a dangerous disease is completely under control. The entry of vehicles into the region, as well as the departure are temporarily suspended.

Bubonic plague outbreak near the borders of the Russian FederationRecall that the plague is a bacterial disease characterized by severe headache, high fever with chills, darkening of the complexion and inflammation of the lymph nodes. Against the background of lymph and lung damage, sepsis begins to develop (inflammatory processes throughout the body), which eventually disrupts the blood supply to organs and death occurs.

Bubonic plague outbreak near the borders of the Russian Federation

In total, the world has experienced several plague epidemics: the first was back in the 1st century and claimed the lives of more than 100 million people, from the second, in the 14th century, 40 million people died, two more smaller-scale ones struck humanity in the middle of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th: then the death toll did not exceed 1 million. The last major outbreak was recorded at the end of the 19th century in Asia (6 million people died in India alone), but cases of infection are still being registered: in the same Mongolia, two people died from the plague in 2019.

Keywords: Borders | Quarantine | Mongolia | Plague | Epidemic

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