If you are going to China, keep in mind that in China, an outbreak of pneumonic plague. As reported by the Chinese news Agency Xinhua, the doctors diagnosed two patients with the same diagnosis. According to the Agency, both victims are originally from Inner Mongolia and received the necessary care in medical institutions, Chaoyang district (Beijing). Chinese authorities have assured the public that the threat of the spread of dangerous diseases today there. But what is pneumonic plague and whether the Chinese government to withhold information about the epidemic?
According to a statement by the Beijing municipal Commission for health care, one patient is currently in stable condition, while the other in critical. The patients ‘ health condition “has not worsened”.
What is pneumonic plague?
The plague, also known as “Black death”, is of three types — bubonic, septicemic and pneumonic — each of these forms of the disease affects a single part of the body. In medieval Europe, plague epidemics were carrying off tens of millions of lives, but the outbreak of this dangerous disease happen so far. The predominant form in humans is bubonic plague, caused by bacteria of the genus Yersinia pestis. Carriers of the bacteria are fleas parasitic on small rodents. Bubonic plague develops when the penetration of bacteria the pathogen through the skin, but there are known cases of infection by the bite of infected fleas, rats or other animal. The disease is characterized by inflammation of the lymph nodes with the formation of the so-called “buboes”. Buboes usually develop in the armpits and groin, and the patient’s condition is exacerbated by fever and intoxication.
Pneumonic plague is the “most serious” form of this disease. It affects the lungs and makes the disease more contagious and dangerous, passed through airborne droplets. The contact with contaminated objects or clothing is also a threat. If not treated any of the forms of plague, this disease will inevitably lead to death.
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What is known about the outbreak of plague in China?
According to the publication New York Times, Wednesday November 13, the Chinese center for control and disease prevention posted a message on the social platform Weibo that the probability of spread of the disease is “extremely small,” and today only two instances. The report also says that If gfour, the hospital doctor who treated the patients, wrote on the social network WeChat that patients first requested assistance November 3 — more than a week before officials confirmed the diagnosis.
Despite assurances by Chinese authorities that it is not necessary to spread incredibly contagious pneumonic plague in the Chinese social network Weibo (similar to Twitter) removes all messages about an outbreak of plague in the country. It is reported by news Agency Agence France-Presse. Also in the post previously published by the Beijing hospital doctor, now removed, claimed that one of the patients experienced fever and shortness of breath for 10 days before seeking help, and it means precisely to say how far the infection has progressed before the public was alerted about the outbreak impossible.
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Thus, more concern is not the plague itself, and the fact that information about an outbreak of highly contagious diseases is omitted. It turns out that in the near future it is better to refrain from the planned trips to China.