The Black Death, a.k.a. The Plague, utterly ravaged humanity, killing between 30 and 60 percent of Europeans, and dropping the population of the entire world by 20 percent by some estimates. The Plague came in three forms. Bubonic was the most common and easiest to spot: Sufferers developed huge buboes under the armpits, on the neck and in the groin, which grew to the size of a small apple or egg. Death often occurred less than a week after infection. Pneumonic was the second most common form, and it infected the lungs. It also had a mortality rate of 95 percent, which seems impressive. The third and rarest variety was Septicemic Plague. It had a mortality rate close to 100 percent, and even today there is no cure for it. The only reason that the two latter examples were rare to extremely rare is because they killed so quickly that you didn’t have time to pass it on before you died. On December 12, 2017, health authorities in Gansu province have confirmed the death of a patient from SEPTICEMIC PLAGUE and strict control and prevention measures are being imposed to counter a possible outbreak.
The patient, a herder from Jiuquan’s Subei Mongolian autonomous county, died of septicemic plague that evolved from bubonic plague, on Tuesday afternoon. This is the first reported case of PLAGUE in Gansu province since 2014. According to a warning of the health officials in Russia, 3 people died of Plague in this same province in July 2017.
12 people who had close contact with the patient, as well as, the patient’s residence in Subei were placed under quarantine. No abnormalities had been found. Officials also imposed quarantine measures at Subei People’s Hospital. China’s top health authority sent experts to Subei to guide disease control and prevention.
Here a video reporting about the Black Plague in Madagascar:
Plague and cholera are the only two diseases classified as a Category A infectious disease – extremely dangerous – in China, including strict measures for control and prevention, like immediately reporting suspected cases, keeping infected people under quarantine during treatment, sterilizing the bodies of the deceased and cremating them.
Hopefully this isn’t the beginning of a new worldwide PLAGUE outbreak.