(WTVO) — Two people in China are being treated for plague – yes, the same one that caused the Black Death, one of the deadliest pandemics in human history.
Authorities made the announcement on Tuesday, marking the second time the disease has been detected in the region. A Mongolian couple contracted the disease in May after allegedly eating the raw kidney of a marmot.
The Chinese patients were diagnosed by doctors in Bejing, according to state media Xinhua, and are now being treated.
According to WGN, Plague is caused by bacteria and transmitted to humans through infected animals, can develop into three different forms: bubonic, which causes swollen lymph nodes; septicemic, which infects the blood; and pneumonic, which infects the lungs.
The Chinese patients are reported to have pneumonic plague.
In the Middle Ages, plague outbreaks in Europe are thought to have killed around 50 million people. Since then, science has given us antibiotics, which can treat most infections if they are caught early enough.
Even so, from 2010 to 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) says there have been 3,248 cases worldwide, and 584 deaths, especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, and Peru.
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