Kyrgyzstan bubonic plague fears are warranted with the death of a 15-year-old boy. Temirbek Isakunov, a sheepherder, has died. According to The Inquisitr on Aug. 27, 2013, there are currently three additional suspected cases, and hundreds more have been quarantined as a precaution.
Some agencies reported the Kyrgyzstan bubonic plague death was caused by a bite from a flea, while others blamed a barbecued marmot the teen ate while visiting with relatives.
The Kyrgyzstan bubonic plague outbreak is feeding fears of an epidemic in the region. The teen was not diagnosed until after he died, so it is possible that others may have been exposed. The quarantine is just a precautionary measure according to health officials. This is the first confirmed case in the country in over 30 years.
The Kyrgyzstan bubonic plague, more commonly known as black plague, has also caused 2,000 people to be tested as well as livestock checkpoints to be set up. A flea bite is suspected in this case, which is the most common way of infection in humans. But they cannot yet rule out that the barbequed marmot meat, which may have come from a an infected animal was the cause.
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