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What you need to know about the plague outbreak in China?

If in the near future you are going to China, thenkeep in mind that an outbreak of pulmonary plague is recorded in the Middle Kingdom. According to the Chinese Xinhua News Agency, doctors diagnosed two patients with this diagnosis. According to the agency, both victims were from Inner Mongolia and received the necessary assistance in medical institutions in the Chaoyang District (Beijing). The Chinese authorities assure the public that today there is no threat of the spread of a dangerous disease. But what is pulmonary plague, and can the Chinese government hide information about the epidemic?

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According to a statement by the Beijing MunicipalHealth Commission, one of the patients is currently in a stable state, while the other is in critical condition. At the same time, the state of health of patients "did not worsen."

What is pulmonary plague?

The Plague, also known as Black Death, happensof three types - bubonic, septic and pulmonary - each of these forms of the disease affects a separate part of the body. In medieval Europe, plague epidemics claimed tens of millions of lives, but outbreaks of this dangerous disease still occur. The predominant form in humans is bubonic plague, caused by bacteria of the genus Yersinia pestis. The carriers of the bacteria are fleas that parasitize on small rodents. Bubonic plague develops when the pathogen bacteria penetrate the skin, however, cases of infection with the bite of an infected flea, rat or other animal are known. The disease is characterized by inflammation of the lymph nodes with the formation of the so-called “buboes”. Buboes usually develop in the axillary and inguinal areas, and the patient's condition is aggravated by fever and intoxication.

Pulmonary plague is “the most seriousform ”of this disease. It affects the lungs and makes the disease even more contagious and dangerous, transmitted by airborne droplets. Contact with contaminated items or clothing is also a threat. If you do not treat any form of plague, then this disease will inevitably lead to death.

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What is known about the plague outbreak in China?

According to the New York Times, Wednesday 13In November, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention published a message on the Weibo social platform that the likelihood of the spread of the disease is "extremely small" and only two cases have been reported to date. The report also says that Li Jifeng, a hospital doctor who treated patients, wrote on WeChat that the patients first sought help on November 3 — more than a week before officials confirmed the diagnosis.

Pulmonary plague is the most dangerous form of the disease.

Despite assurances by the Chinese authorities thatthat you should not be afraid of the spread of incredibly infectious pulmonary plague, in the Chinese social network Weibo (an analogue of Twitter), all messages about the outbreak of the plague in the country are deleted. This was reported by France-Press News Agency. Also in a post previously published by a doctor at the Beijing Hospital, who has now been removed, it was stated that one of the patients had fever and shortness of breath for 10 days before seeking help, which means that it’s accurate to say how much the infection has spread before as the public was warned about the outbreak is impossible.

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Thus, it is not herself who causes more fears.the plague, and the fact that information about an outbreak of a highly contagious disease is hushed up. It turns out that in the near future it is better to refrain from planned trips to China.