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District in Western Mongolia on Quarantine Over Suspected Bubonic Plague Case, Reports Suggest

© AFP 2022 / BYAMBASUREN BYAMBA-OCHIRStaff members and police officers wear hazmat suits as they take part in a drill to prepare for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia on May 7, 2020
Staff members and police officers wear hazmat suits as they take part in a drill to prepare for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia on May 7, 2020 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Mongolia has put a district in western Zavkhan Province on indefinite quarantine over a suspected bubonic plague case, the Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, citing local authorities.

The patient in question is a 39-year-old resident of Uliastai district. He experienced high fever, headache, and muscle pain after eating marmot meat with his family a week ago. He has been isolated at a local hospital.

At least nine people who've come into contact with him have been isolated at homes.

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Medical Expert Sees No Danger From Plague Cases in Mongolia for Neighboring States, Europe
Earlier, several herds were diagnosed with bubonic plague in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Two cases of the disease were confirmed in Western Mongolia. In addition, a 15-year-old boy died of bubonic plague in the western Mongolian province of Govi-Altai.

Medics found out that three days before his death, the teenager ate marmot meat with friends.

Plague is most often transmitted by fleas living on wild rodents.

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