HEALTH workers all over the world are watching developments in China as bubonic plague has claimed a life in Suji Xincun, a tiny settlement in the Inner Mongolia region of the country.
The world is still battling to curb COVID-19 pandemic that originated in Wuham, China which has infected more than 19 million people, with global death toll of more than 700,000.
Bubonic plague caused by bacteria and transmitted through flea bites and infected animals, killed an estimated 50 million people in Europe during the Black Death pandemic in the Middle Ages.
China ordered daily disinfection of homes in Suji Xincun, and sealed of the village after a resident died from bubonic plague which was the first death and second confirmed case in China within the year.
The previous case was discovered in July in Bayannur, another city in Inner Mongolia.
World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that between 1,000 to 2,000 people catch the disease every year, but, that antibiotics have long reduced the fear factor once associated with the infection as it can be treated if discovered early.
Nine close contacts and 26 secondary contacts of the new case have been quarantined and found negative for the illness, the Baotou Municipal Health Commission said in a statement issued on Thursday.