China seals off city after resident dies of bubonic plague – state media

Bubonic plague bacteria

(SOURCE) — A Chinese city has been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of the bubonic plague, state media said Tuesday.

The 30,000 people living in Yumen in the northwestern province of Gansu are not allowed to leave and police at roadblocks on the perimeter of the city are telling motorists to find alternative routes, state broadcaster China Central Television said.

The 38-year-old victim died last Wednesday, the report said, and had been in contact with a dead marmot, a small furry animal which lives on grasslands and is related to the squirrel.

“The city has enough rice, flour and oil to supply all its residents for up to one month,” the report added. “Local residents and those in quarantine are all in stable condition.”

CCTV said “authorities are not allowing anyone to leave,” although a previous report by the China Daily newspaper said “four quarantine sectors” had been set up in the city.

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