A suspected case of bubonic plague, the disease which killed millions during the Black Death pandemic, has been reported in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia.
The case was discovered in the city of Bayannur, northwest of Beijing, according to state-run Xinhua news agency and triggered a plague prevention alert that will remain for the rest of the year.
What is bubonic plague? Plague is one of the deadliest bacterial infections in human history. During the Black Death in the Middle Ages, it killed an estimated 50 million people in Europe. It is caused by bacteria that live in some animals – mainly rodents – and their fleas. Bubonic plague, which is one of plague’s three forms, causes painful, swollen lymph nodes usually in the armpits or groin…..Read More