Bubonic plague alert sparks panic in Russia – fears people EATING rodent carrying disease

On Sunday, authorities in Bayan Nur, a city in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia, reported a suspected case of the deadly disease. They forbade people hunting and eating the rodents.

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Authorities also urged the public to report any suspected cases as well as sick or dead marmots.

Mongolia also reported two cases of the deadly disease last week which was linked to people eating marmot meat in the western Khovd province.

Now, authorities in Russia have banned hunting marmots in the Altari region, which borders Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia, over fears of the deadly outbreak.

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