Pneumonic plague case in Tibet

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The National Health Commission recently reported pneumonic plague The case is in Shannan, Tibet Autonomous Region.

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The case concerns a 38-year-old patient who lives in Shanan. He was a shepherd in Kuna County, Shannan, Tibet Autonomous Region. He developed symptoms on September 24, and died on September 25. He was confirmed to have pneumonic plague on September 26.

A spokesperson for the Center for Health Protection (CHP) in Hong Kong said, “Plague is transmitted from an infected animal (mainly rodents) to humans through the bite of fleas. Plague can also be contracted when wounds or other cracks in the skin come into contact with the body fluids or tissues of infected animals. Consumption of infected animal tissues and inhalation of infected respiratory droplets are also potential routes of transmission.”

The spokesman explained that the pneumonic plague is a type of highly contagious plague. It can spread between humans by inhaling respiratory droplets from an infected person. The incubation period for the disease is usually between one and four days. Symptoms of pneumonic plague include chills, fever, headache, body aches, weakness, chest discomfort, cough with blood-tinged sputum, and difficulty breathing. The infection can cause rapid deaths if not treated promptly.

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