Mongolia Confirms Bubonic Plague Case in Western Province, Zoonotic Diseases Centre Says

© Wikimedia CommonsScanning electron micrograph depicting a mass of Yersinia pestis bacteria
Scanning electron micrograph depicting a mass of Yersinia pestis bacteria - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - One case of bubonic plague has been confirmed in Mongolia's western province of Zavkhan, the country's National Centre for Zoonotic Diseases (NCZD) said in a statement on Saturday.

"The result of a polymerase chain reaction test revealed on Friday night that a 38-year-old man of Zavkhan's Tosontsengel soum was infected with the bubonic plague. The patient is now in critical condition", the statement said, as quoted by the Xinhua news agency.

According to the NCZD, the patient was found to have eaten marmot meat.

This Centers For Disease Control (CDC) file image obtained 15 January, 2003, shows the bubonic plague bacteria taken from a patient. - Sputnik International
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