A Kyrgyzstan bubonic plague has killed a 15-year-old boy and possibly infected three more people this week — and possibly more, medical experts fear, if the plague is not contained soon. Kyrgyzstan law officials are currently working to try to prevent the spread of the emergent bubonic plague, and parts of the district of Ak-Suu in the Asian country has since been put on lockdown, Yahoo! reports this Tuesday, Aug. 27.
The Kyrgyzstan bubonic plague first claimed the life of a 15-year-old rural boy, Temirbek Isakunov, several days ago, and at least three people have reported symptoms connected to the bubonic plague this week. The reports are stemming from near Ak-Suu, an eastern district of the Central Asian country. The deadly disease has sparked a lockdown of the area following more potential cases of the plague coming forward, the emergency ministry reported.
"Three residents of Sary-Kamysh... came to the hospital at 12:30 am," said the officials in a statement this Tuesday. "They are now under medical care."
The three victims have not been identified by name, but include a teenage, a toddler, and a middle-aged woman. The symptoms of the bubonic plague the patients are experiencing include nausea, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, and a high fever. The Kyrgyzstan government has since confirmed, however, that the three people did have contact with the infected 15-year-old who was killed by the sickness.
"They had contact with the deceased 15-year-old," added the source, denying that there were any confirmed reports of new patients contracting the Kyrgyzstan bubonic plague, though.
Termibek was a 15-year-old boy who tended to flocks in a small village; he is believed to have been bitten by an Asian flea that was being carried by a wild marmot. So far, 131 people have been put into isolation to help prevent the spread of the deadly disease that is known to be spread by fleas, concluded a public health official.
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