This week, a Chinese man has been confirmed with the historic Black Death disease.
According to Jimu News, on July 19, a case of Black Death, or bubonic plague, was confirmed in the General Hospital of Ningxia Medical University. His family was taken to isolation and inspection overnight.
The patient’s community was briefly shut down on the evening of the following day. But restrictions were lifted on July 21 after sterilization was conducted.
The patient is a 45-year-old man named Liu Moumou, a herdsman living in Shanghai Temple Ranch, Inner Mongolia.
Liu started to experience fever, fatigue, unconsciousness, and diarrhea on July 12. He was admitted to a local hospital the next day and transferred to another on July 14.
Doctors and nurses who were in close contact with the patient had taken corresponding isolation measures.
According to China News Network, plus the one case detected by far this year, there had been 11 confirmed instances of plague over the past four years.
The Plague, an ancient zoonotic disease, quickly topped online searches on the mainland. Netizens sighed, saying, “Why did the plague reappear in the rivers and lakes?”
The World Health Organization said that bubonic plague is the most prevalent type of human plague and is less severe than the lung-based version, which can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated early.
It is a natural infectious disease transmitted by fleas and human plague infection. Found mainly in rodents and woodchucks.
Still, Black Death is a primitive malady that has caused one of the deathliest pandemics in human history. The illness earned its name for causing gangrenous blackening and death of body parts, such as the fingers and toes.
The clinical manifestations of plague infection are high fever, swollen and painful lymph nodes, cough, expectoration, dyspnea, bleeding, and other symptoms of severe toxemia.