People Trapped In A Quarantine Zone After The Bubonic Plague Killed Two Tourists

People Trapped In A Quarantine Zone After The Bubonic Plague Killed Two Tourists
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The Bubonic Plague caused some of the most violent epidemics of all times. There were three reported pandemics:

  • The first pandemic, also known as the Justinian Plague, started in the year 542 and affected between 25 and 50 million people.
  • The second pandemic lasted through the Late Middle Ages, from 1340 to 1400, killing a third of the European population.
  • The third pandemic started in the mid-19th century, lasting through the early-20th century.

After years of thinking bubonic plague does not represent a threat to us in our modern times, it seems that we have not seen the last of it.

A few days ago, a new case of bubonic plague emerged. Mongolian authorities placed a western region near the borders with Russia and Kazakhstan under indefinite quarantine after two deaths linked to bubonic plague.

People Trapped In A Quarantine Zone After The Bubonic Plague Killed Two Tourists

It seems that a married couple of tourists hunted a marmot that was carrying the bubonic plague, and ate its kidneys, not knowing the threat they were exposing themselves to. The man passed away on April 27, while his wife survived for another three days, leaving behind four children.

Although local health officials announced they do not believe the situation is critical and they consider the possibility of an outbreak extremely small, nearly 160 people who came into direct and indirect contact with the victims were placed under supervision. Authorities prevented them from leaving the area until further notice.

To this day, tourists from the USA, Holland, Switzerland, and Germany are still trapped in the quarantine zone. They are all eagerly waiting to find out when they can leave the town of Ulgii. No deadline has been announced for the quarantine, so as much as 21 days could pass before the tourists are allowed to leave.


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