A small town of in northwest China has been placed under quarantine after a man died of pneumonic plague and 11 others were confirmed infected with the deadly lung infection, health authorities said.
It is caused by the same bacteria that occurs in bubonic plague - the Black Death that killed an estimated 25 million people in Europe during the Middle Ages.
While bubonic plague - which is usually transmitted by flea bite - can be treated with antibiotics if diagnosed early, pneumonic plague is one of the deadliest infectious diseases. According to the WHO, humans can die within 24 hours of infection.
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Now this IS scary. Let’s all cross our fingers that their quarantine processes are fully effective.