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Ten year old boy hospitalised with Bubonic plague in Altai Republic

By The Siberian Times reporter
14 July 2016

All 17 people he was in contact with - six of them children - are also quarantined to prevent spread of one of world's most deadly infectious diseases.

A mass vaccination programme is underway in the district. Picture: Po Sibiri.ru 

The unnamed boy is said to be in a serious condition in hospital in remote Kosh-Agach. He contracted the disease after a hunting trip in which he helped his grandfather skin marmots, it is believed.  

The boy was cutting the rodent and in the process cut himself, according to a LifeNews report. As a precaution, the authorities have ordered 15,000 shots of anti-plague vaccine. 

A mass vaccination programme is underway in the district, with 6,192 people already injected, according to Rospotrebnadzor, the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being. '15,000 shots of vaccine have been additionally ordered for Kosh-Agachsky rayon, 4,000 are delivered already,' said a spokesman. '6,192 people have been vaccinated in the district'.

Ten year old boy hospitalised with Bubonic plague in Altai Republic


Ten year old boy hospitalised with Bubonic plague in Altai Republic

Bubonic plague Russia Siberia

Ten year old boy hospitalised with Bubonic plague in Altai Republic

Ten year old boy hospitalised with Bubonic plague in Altai Republic. Pictures: file image, Zabroski, Drobash 


Some 19,000 people are expected to receive the vaccination. Priority is given to risk groups: healthcare professionals, shepherds, and hunters.

Marmots furs are sold as a cheap substitute for sable, and the animal is known to carry the disease. According to the World Health Organisation, more than 13,000 people contracted bubonic plague in Asia, Africa and America between 2004 and 2013. Roughly 900 of them died from the disease.

The plague is believed to be the cause of the Black Death that swept through Asia, Europe, and Africa in the 14th century, killing an estimated 50 million people.

Comments (1)

There are three versions of this disease/plague...bubonic, pneumonic, & sepsis (septicemia) all are gross but can be best treated with antibiotics if given immediately. (though the best of the antibiotics in this group are facing resistance rapidly) So world of Pharmaceuticals & Governments better prepare now for such an eventuality. The vaccine is a bit hit & miss...pneumonic is the worst form as it is spread from cough droplets. Have the authorities retained the injured dead Marmot as it could be invaded by fleas who could then transport same further & further. I hope they contain it & that everyone involved, doctors, nurses, & suspected victims especially the young boy gets through this torrid time. Will pray for you all.
Jaker, Dundalk
14/07/2016 10:45
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