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A District In Inner Mongolia Has Declared A High-Risk Regime Due To The Threat Of The Plague

A District In Inner Mongolia Has Declared A High-Risk Regime Due To The Threat Of The Plague

The authorities of the Bayan-Nur urban district in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in Northern China on Sunday declared a high epidemiological danger regime in connection with the potential threat of local outbreaks of plague. According to a statement issued by the regional administration, it will be in effect until the beginning of 2021.

Authorities said the decision to increase monitoring was made after a patient was admitted to a local medical facility with symptoms that are usually seen in patients with bubonic plague. Due to the objective risks, the government advises the population to monitor personal hygiene and avoid places where rodents are found. In the case of illness and fever, as specified, you should go to the hospital.

The government recalls that in China it is forbidden to hunt rodents (usually tarbagans, also called Mongolian marmots), eat them, or store them at home.

In China, there are four levels of control for the risk of an epidemic. In Bayan-Nur district, the 3rd (increased) alert mode has been introduced, according to which measures to prevent the outbreak of a mass disease are supervised by the County administration. If there are serious signs of deterioration in the situation, the problem can be addressed by the provincial (2nd level, high) or Central (1st level, maximum) government.

According to official data, some residents of the steppe zone in Northern China, as well as in neighboring Mongolia, occasionally eat tarbagans. This often leads to unfortunate consequences, since such rodents are known as carriers of the plague.

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