Two patients diagnosed with pneumonic plague in China

Two patients diagnosed with pneumonic plague in China

- Two people from the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia have been diagnosed with pneumonic plague

- According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Pneumonic plague is the most virulent form of plague

- The two patients who are infected are currently being treated in Beijing's Chaoyang District

- Preventive control measures have been implemented by the authorities

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Two people from the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia have been diagnosed with pneumonic plague.

This severe illness is the most virulent form of plague according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

A person who got the said disease can transmit it to other humans through droplets or by coughing and can be fatal if not treated early by antibiotics.

As reported by CNN News, the two infected patients are now being treated in Beijing's Chaoyang District.

The authorities have also implemented preventive measures to stop an outbreak.

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Plague is caused by a bacteria called Yersinia pestis and transmitted through flea bites and exposure to infected animals.

There are three forms of plague— the septicemic plague which is a blood infection; the type that affects the lymph nodes, known as bubonic plague and the deadliest form is the pneumonic plague which infects the lungs.

It was also known as the Black Death, which was a pandemic that devastated Europe between the years 1347 and 1351. The plague wiped out an estimated 60% of the population during the Middle Ages.

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