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Qinghai pneumonic plague "under control"

2009-08-06 08:45 BJT

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Health officials in Qinghai province say, no new cases of pneumonic plague have been found except for the 12 patients in the town of Zi-ke-tan who were quarantined last Friday. Three have died and two are in critical condition.

The Ministry of Health says, prompt and effective action was taken to contain the disease. The source of the infection has been traced to a shepherd's dog which died after eating an marmot infected with the virus. The dog's owner caught the virus while burying the dog and died a few days later.

The local government sealed off a 3 thousand 5 hundred square kilometer radius around the township, and set up 23 quarantine stations. More than 200 people are still being held in quarantine.

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