MAN DIES OF BUBONIC PLAGUE IN MONGOLIA
The country’s Health Ministry reported that bubonic plague had killed a man in Western Mongolia, the latest in a handful of cases to emerge there in neighboring China this year.
At least one person dies of the plague every year in the landlocked Asian country, where the rare bacterial disease is usually spread by fleas clinging to the hair of the marmots native to the region.
Officials said a man died on Tuesday night in the latest case, which is still to be confirmed by laboratory tests.
More than 70 people in close contact with the 42-year-old, who had bought two dead marmots before he fell ill, will now be tested and undergo quarantine.