Chinese hunter catches bubonic plague after eating wild rabbit – New York Post

A case of the bubonic plague was reported in China over the weekend — after two people there were diagnosed with the pneumonic plague last week.

Both diseases are associated with the Black Death pandemic that killed an estimated 25 million people in Europe alone in the 14th Century.

The new patient from Xilingol in Inner Mongolia hunted and ate a wild rabbit on Nov. 5, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

The person, who was not identified, was hospitalized in the county of Huade in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the news agency said, citing the regional health commission.

A total of 28 people who were in close contact with the patient were put under medical quarantine. No one has shown symptoms such as fever, so far, the commission said.

The incident comes after two other patients from the northwestern Inner Mongolia province were quarantined at a hospital in Beijing after suffering from the pneumonic plague.

Authorities say that the cases appear to be unrelated.

With Post wires

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