Saturday, August 8, 2009

Chinese Plague

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Chinese Plague Likely Started From Infected Dog
Chinese state media reported that a dog is suspected to be the origin of an outbreak of pneumonic plague in northwest China that has left 10,000 people under strict quarantine and resulted in the deaths of three people, AFP reported.In an effort to contain the spread of the highly virulent disease, Ziketan, a remote town in a Tibetan area of Qinghai province, has been locked down since Saturday.Xinhua news agency said one patient was in critical condition and eight others were infected, most of them relatives of the first fatality, a 32-year-old herdsman.The news agency reported late Wednesday, quoting professor Wang Hu, director of the Qinghai disease control bureau, that initial tests had shown that the herdsman's dead dog was the likely origin of the outbreak.The dog probably died after eating a plague-infected marmot and that the man became infected when he was bitten by fleas while burying the dead dog.
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