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Inner Mongolia reports cases of bubonic plague

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A hospital in a city in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia reported a case of suspected bubonic plague that heightened alert on forbidding hunting and eating of animals that could carry the plague and asks the public to report any suspected cases of plague or fever with no clear causes, and to report any sick or dead marmots.

The health committee of the city of Bayan Nur issued the third-level alert, the second lowest in a four-level system, on Sunday, following local authorities to issue citywide Level 3 warning for plague prevention, the second lowest in a four-level system.

The warning will stay in place until the end of the year, according to state-run Xinhua news agency.

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The bubonic plague, known as the “Black Death” in the Middle Ages, is a highly infectious and often fatal disease that is spread mostly by rodents.

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