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Black plague in Mongolia: quarantine for eating raw groundhog meat

The “National Center of Mongolia for Zoological Diseases” closed an entire region of Mongolia after the death of two people found positive for the black plague, contracted after eating raw Marmot meat

After bats and pigs, Marmot meat is the concern now. In fact, Mongolia quarantined the entire western region on the border with Russia, after the death of two people, a 27-year-old man and a woman whose age is unknown, who died from eating raw marmot meat in the Khovd region.

The news was made known by The Moscow Times who reported the news given by the National Center of Mongolia for zoological diseases (Nczd) which explained how laboratory tests confirmed that the two individuals would have contracted the “marmot plague “. The same structure then explained that it had prepared the quarantine for the provincial capital and for one of the districts of the region about 500 kilometers south of the southern Siberian republics of Tyva and Altai. Very high protection measures that warn about the real danger of this infection. At this time, access to any type of vehicle is prohibited as reported by the TASS news agency according to local media.

In the region, tests are underway on 146 other people who have had contact with the two deceased, and 504 others who have had a second contact have been indicated. As early as 2019, Mongolia had closed a strategic border crossing with Russia by blocking numerous tourists with the suspicion that it may have played a role in the outbreak of a plague.

In the same year a Kazakh ethnic Mongolian couple, 38 years old he, 37 she waiting for a child, had died of bubonic plague, contracted after eating a raw marmot kidney. A custom that is considered healthy in Mongolia, although the National Center for Zoonotic Disease had long warned against this practice, because raw groundhog meat can be a potential vehicle for “Yersinia pestis”, the plague bacterium, which in the country it causes at least one death per year.

Experts are therefore closely monitoring the counts because they belong to the same strain of the bubonic plague that killed 50 million people in the 14th century, and which still today kills around 2000 people a year.

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