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China news source, Global Times tweeted the following on Sunday:

Two more cases of bubonic plague were reported in North China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Sunday, following an earlier case reported on August 7. The two newly infected patients are the husband and daughter of the previous case, said local govt. All close contacts have been quarantined and show no symptoms.

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Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium, Yersinia pestis. It is found in animals throughout the world, most commonly rats but other rodents like ground squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, rabbits and marmots in China. Fleas typically serve as the vector for plague.

People can also get infected through direct contact with an infected animal, through inhalation and in the case of pneumonic plague, person to person.

Yersinia pestis is treatable with antibiotics if started early enough.

There are three forms of human plague; bubonic, septicemic and pneumonic.

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