WHO to monitor China’s Bubonic plague cases

While the world at large is still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, the news of emerging cases of bubonic plague in China has raised the risk bar further high.

On July 7, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that the agency has been monitoring a case of bubonic plague in China after being notified by the authorities in Beijing on July 6. The WHO said that the Chinese authorities have notified them of a case of bubonic plague in Inner Mongolia.

WHO Spokeswoman Margaret Harris said, “Bubonic plague has been with us and is always with us, for centuries … We are looking at the case numbers in China. It’s being well managed … At the moment, we are not considering it high-risk but we’re watching it, monitoring it carefully.”

Margaret Harris said that the UN agency has been working in partnership with the Chinese and Mongolian authorities to monitor the situation.

The WHO said that that sporadic cases of plague have been reported in China over the last decade. It added, “Plague is rare, typically found in selected geographical areas across the globe where it is still endemic”.

It is important that no negligence is maintained in the bubonic plague matter and it should be contained at an earlier stage so as to prevent further transmission.

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