China Seals Off City After Plague Death
Extreme response puzzles experts
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2014 12:13 AM CDT
Updated Jul 23, 2014 2:33 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Parts of a city in northwest China have been sealed off after a death from bubonic plague, according to state media, but some Western experts aren't sure we're getting the full story. Reports from China say the city of Yumen, population around 100,000, was split into quarantine zones after a 38-year-old man died from the plague, Reuters finds. He had apparently contracted it from a marmot, a wild rodent in the squirrel family. Some 151 people he came into contact with have been quarantined, but none have shown signs of the disease.

Since the plague is treatable with antibiotics and (in this victim's case) can't be transmitted from person to person unless it develops into pneumonic plague, the Chinese response appears extreme to outside observers. "I feel there's something here that we don't know, because this seems a very expansive response to just one case," a professor of infectious diseases tells LiveScience. "I'm very puzzled at the circumstances here, and what the actual hazard is," he says. On its website, Beijing's disease control center reassures people that there's no chance of the disease spreading to the city. There are still thousands of cases around the world every year, but China, like the US, usually only has a handful of cases. This month, a man in Colorado was diagnosed with plague; officials believe he caught it from his dog.

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geo wells
Jul 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT
I wouldn't be surprised at all that western anti-white elites would release a plague in china or other places to defend the dollar. China might realize this and be on alert. we are ruled in the west by megalomaniacs that will do anything to maintain power. Look at the invasion they are encouraging to the south. Its a war. Its an invasion. Its them or us. What's it going to be? Diversity is a codeword for White genocide.
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Jul 24, 2014 5:31 AM CDT
Let this serve as an example that when you cannot trust the media, you are unlikely to arrive at valid conclusions.
Chris Farley
Jul 23, 2014 10:59 AM CDT
The blogs and non MSM is full of reports its up of 30K people.