Bubonic plague sparked alarm today after authorities in China announced they believed they had identified a case in Inner-Mongolia. The single case, reported at a hospital in the city of Bayannur, was identified on Saturday and triggered a level three alert on Sunday, the second-lowest of China’s four-tier system. Authorities have urged people to report any dead or sick marmots or people with an unexplained fever.
Bubonic plague is best known for its devastating tour across three continents in the 14th century, and terrifying resurgence in 17th century London.
During the latter outbreak in 1665, one year before the great fire of London, the plague killed roughly one-fifth of the city’s inhabitants.
Speaking to news site Healthline, Dr Shanthi Kappagoda, an infectious diseases doctor with Stanford Health Care, said medics can effectively put their foot in the door before significant flare-ups emerge.
Although another pandemic is unlikely, local outbreaks do happen on occasion, and bubonic plague causes a wealth of unpleasant symptoms.