Bacterial disease outbreak infects almost 3,500 people in China

Bacterial disease outbreak infects almost 3,500 people in China

- Thousands of people in northwest China tested positive for a bacterial disease called brucellosis

- Around 3,245 people were infected by the disease, pinpointed by health experts as one caused by contact with livestock that carries the bacteria brucella

- In addition to the confirmed cases, 1,401 tested preliminarily as positive albeit there were no fatalities that were reported

- The disease is called the Mediterranean fever, which can cause fatigue, fever, headaches and muscle pain and could even lead to chronic symptoms like arthritis and swelling of certain organs

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Amid the pandemic, China sees another outbreak, and this time around, it was caused by bacteria. The outbreak happened in the City of Lanzhou in northwest China.

According to CNN Philippines, the bacteria is carried by livestock, and contact with an infected one can bring about an infection.

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The disease is known as the Mediterranean or Malta fever, and its symptoms can include fatigue, pain, muscle pain, and headaches, and which are known to subside.

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Source: UGC also revealed that the disease could cause long-term problems in the testicles and could potentially leave men infertile.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S. stated that these symptoms may subside but there are other symptoms that could last for a long time. These would include swelling and arthritis.

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This outbreak in China is amid the still ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has taken a toll on countries' resources including the Philippines. In the country, the government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.

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Doctors have died after being infected by COVID-19. They are among the frontliners who attend to the patients rushing to hospitals amid pandemic.

The COVID-19 outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. The Philippines has slowly eased quarantine measures and Filipinos are starting to adapt to the new normal.

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