China has ensured the public that it would be safe to visit a region where a case of bubonic plague was recently recorded. The government of Inner Mongolia encouraged tourists to come for sightseeing ‘without worries’ because officials had imposed strict disease-control measures. A local leader assured that the disease, known as the ‘Black Death’ in the Middle Ages, was ‘preventable, controllable and curable’. The government of Inner Mongolia, where a case of bubonic plague was recorded on Sunday, encouraged tourists to come and visit. The region’s main attraction is its grassland (file photo) Health officials in the city of Bayan Nur issued the third-level alert on Sunday, the second lowest in a four-level system. The picture shows the geographical location of the city What is the bubonic plague? Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which is carried by fleas and transmitted between animals.The bubonic plague – the most common form - is caused by the bite of an infected flea and can spread through contact with infectious bodily fluids or contaminated materials. Patients may show signs of fever and nausea and at an advanced stage may develop open sores filled with pus. It devastated Europe in the Middle Ages, most notably… Read full this story
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