Plague deaths in the western district of Mongolia

Passengers arriving in Ulaanbaatar on a flight from the western province of Bayan-Ölgii were quarantined due to fears they may have had contact with two people who had succumbed to bubonic plague; it is believed the couple contracted the infection from eating raw meat from a type of squirrel (marmot) – ‘thought to be a folk remedy for good health’. A period of quarantine (since lifted) was also instituted in the provincial capital, Ölgii, stranding a number of foreign tourists.  More on plague infections (WHO). Read more.

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Affected Countries