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Dead rodent intended as food for dog leads to bubonic plague quarantine

Town in quarantine after bubonic plague death
Town in quarantine after bubonic plague death
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According to Tuesday's Yahoo News, an entire town in China has been sealed off and over 100 people are in quarantine following the death of a man who contracted bubonic plague after trying to feed a dead rodent to his dog.

The Guardian reported that 30,000 people in the town of Yumen are being confined inside of the city limits and outside visitors are not being allowed in. The lock down comes in the wake of a 38-year-old man's death; the man reportedly found a dead marmot and cut it up to feed to his dog.

Residents inside of the city have been advised that there is enough rice, flour and oil to sustain them for a month.

Bubonic plague is also known as The Black Death, which claimed millions of lives in Europe...the deaths peaked between the years 1346–53. Wikipedia states the following about the devastating toll the plague took on the population:

Spreading throughout the Mediterranean and Europe, the Black Death is estimated to have killed 30–60% of Europe's total population.[7] All in all, the plague reduced the world population from an estimated 450 million down to 350–375 million in the 14th century.

Today, with the use of modern antibiotics, the deadly bacterial infection can be treated, however, the CDC advises that quick medical intervention is required for those who contract the deadly infection.

The fate of the dog who was fed the diseased rodent is unknown.

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