Skip to comments.Chinese City Under Quarantine After Bubonic Plague Black Death
Posted on 07/22/2014 7:22:29 PM PDT by lbryce
A Chinese city has been sealed off and 151 people have been placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic Plague, state media said.
The 30,000 residents of Yumen, in the north-western province of Gansu, are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on the perimeter of the city are telling motorists to find alternative routes, China Central Television (CCTV) said.
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Studying the eating habits of Chinese, should being no surprise at the frequent outbreak of such diseases. The Chinese diet includes animals of questionable origins the health of which are not known nor really ever tested. The entrepreneurs promoting these exotic have no incentive to insure they're animals are safe and healthy. The SARS virus was said to be started bt an animal called A Civit Cat, causing untold number of loss of life.
It is no mere exaggeration to say the Chinese eat anything with four legs except for the table.
Obama would open the borders for them. Come on in. Big tent. #WEMUSTDOSOMETHINGSOHASHTAGSRUS
Did you mean Serval cat?
Post to me or FReep mail to be on/off the Bring Out Your Dead ping list.
The purpose of the Bring Out Your Dead ping list (formerly the Ebola ping list) is very early warning of emerging pandemics, as such it has a high false positive rate.
So far the false positive rate is 100%.
At some point we may well have a high mortality pandemic, and likely as not the Bring Out Your Dead threads will miss the beginning entirely.
*sigh* Such is life, and death...
Good coffee. Too expensive.
May it ever be so...
And we still have cases here in America. I believe one recently in Colorado.
And the fleas inhabit rats and other rodents. Cats keep those populations down. So your suggestion to kill cats, I certainly hope, was with sarcasm. It was the killing of Europe’s cats, suspected of being allied with witches, that brought about the Black Plague by allowing the disease vectors, rodents, to multiply and spread.
I never dated a girl up there with flea bites.
Beat me to the BOYD!!
We do have around seven cases a year in the States, so locking down an entire city strikes me as a little bit of an overreaction, although I'm sure the authorities would love to know how the victim was infected. There isn't going to be an epidemic as long as the tetracyclines hold out.
Unless it's really zombies.
Seriously? Did I need a /s? ;)
The civet is a mostly nocturnal animal, from the Viverridae family, found in Africa, , and the East Indies. It is approximately 17-28 inches in length, excluding its long tail, and weighs about 3 to 10 pounds. Although classified within the Carnivera order, the palm civet of Southern Asia (named because it can be found in palms), is a fruit-eating mammal. Although the Viverridae family is distantly related to the Felidae family of which the common domestic cat is a member, the civet "cat" is not a cat. Indeed, it is more related to the mongoose than to any cat.
bluebuffalo.com Take the True BLUE Test to Review & Compare Your Wet Cat at The civet is a cunning-looking little animal, with a catlike body, long legs, a long tail, and a masked face resembling a raccoon or weasel. In some areas of the world, it has become an endangered species, hunted for its fur or as a food source. The civet's taste for fruit has been its downfall in at least one area of southeast Asia; as early as the 18th century, the durian fruit was also called "civet fruit," because it was used as bait for catching civets.
The civet not only is fond of fruit, but has had a love-hate relationship with growers of a particular coffee bean in Viet Nam. Civets love this bean, and search out the tastiest examples with their long, foxlike nose. The hardiest beans survive the digestive process of the civet, and are prized in caphe cut chon, or fox-dung coffee (Vietnamese call the civet "fox.")
Unfortunately for the civets, their habitat has been razed for new coffee orchards, and their decline has furthered because of the Vietnamese appetite for barbequed civet meat. A restraunteur admitted that he was not troubled by the scarcity of Caphe cut chon, saying that he'd rather "eat the fox." Actually, the new scarcity of fox-dung coffee beans has been a boon for entrepreneurs who market fake caphe cut chon as the real thing. However, that doesn't help the fate of the civet cats who are killed for food.
Last, the civet has been the source of a highly-valued musk, used as a stabilizing agent in perfumes. Although civets were at one time killed for their musk, they more recently have been "recycled" for this purpose. Also called "civet," excretions are scraped from the civet's perianeal glands, a painful process. Both male and female cats produce these strong-smelling excretions. At least one civet cat farmer in Ethiopia raises civets for their musk, although this practice is dying out as perfumers move toward using synthetic fixatives.
Maligned, abused, and beleageured, the civet cat has an unknown future on many fronts.
But it is not a cat.
Good thing China thought ahead and built some spare cities. lol
In Colorado it is built into the system, as it is carried by the native prarie dogs. Also the hantavirous, a worse disease in my opnion, is carried by mouse droppings in the area as well. Yet life goes on, and very, very rarely does a human get infected with either.
You do it.
I'll hold the flashlight.
We have had an outbreak of a “sister” plague, pneumonic plague. Very bad form of it.
Plague first came to the United States in the 1850's. The rail companies were legally importing Chinese coolies to work on the transcontinental railway.
There was a small plague outbreak in San Fransisco's Chinatown district. An alert doctor spotted the outbreak almost immediately, and appealed to the city council to institute a quarantine and rat catching program.
The town fathers refused to believe there was plague in their fair city.
They screwed around long enough for it to infect the local ground squirrel population where there was no hope stopping it from spreading. Thanks to their inaction, now one can be exposed to bubonic plague anywhere in the western US.
Any parallels one wishes to draw with a more recent "gay plague" or flooding the country with disease infected children are left to the reader as an exercise.
Those who do not learn the lessons of the past...
All true. The San Francisco plague was right about 1900, I believe, which is when the organism managed to get into the prairie dog population. Used to be one plague reservoir, in central Asia. Now there are two. WE’RE NUMBER ONE! WE’RE NUMBER ONE!
“the Bubonic plaque”
T<hey just need to brush their teeth more often!
We do get large numbers of Chinese illegals. We can’t usually deport them either because as I understand it China will not take them back.
***They should kill all the cats in the city.***
The English killed off all the dogs and cats in 1665 to stop the Great Plague. They also lit bonfires to drive off the “bad air”.
It didn’t work. The plague began to wain, then the Great fire afterward cleansed the city of London.
OMG, that thing scares the crap outta me! That’s one freaky looking cat.
I’d never heard of the Civit, had heard of Serval before.
I see there is a plague marker right over the area of NE New Mexico where I was raised.
Last time I was through there I noticed our old house was surrounded by a huge prairie dog town.
As I look closer, I see that EVERYWHERE I lived in NM has a plague marker.
That's where you get the fascinating medical term: "malaria" which literally means: bad air (mal = bad, aria = air).
Turns out, you get Mal-Aria from mosquitoes instead of bad air, unlike airborne diseases. ...but hey, mosquitoes do fly in the...air!
Just read a book online called ‘The Plague’ by Albert Camus - not a bad read - it’s translated from French so it is a little clunky but it gives a good insight into what it might be like living in a closed off community battling the plague and how people might have dealt with it!
No it was a civit cat is a kind of raccoon
It is not an animal you’d normally consider eating
However only about 100 people actually died from SARS
Yeah, I think you did. The very thought of killing cats gets someone into the express lane of my bad side.
Isn’t that the Moslim section of China?
Scary stuff _ I did see a program a couple of years ago where a few “experts” claimed that some of the Middle Ages outbreaks of plague were not the result of flea bites. I forget what conclusion they came to but the end result was still a lot of dead people!
Where’s the “That’s Racist” boy for the Black Plague?
Can we please quarantine the Black Plague in the White House while we’re at it?
“They should kill all the cats in the city. That will help. And burn some witches.”
Sure glad they don’t seal off whole cities every time someone in Colorado contracts Plague.
The cat is known for eating coffee beans and the passed beans are prized by some as being somehow a superior coffee. (No thanks, I'll have my coffee prefeline, if you don't mind.)
I always thought that was just a passing fad.
I do like a dark roasted Sumatran coffee, though.
Prairie dogs carry the plague, too (probably because of the fleas).
And is quite treatable with cheap antibiotics. The only form of the plague that still carries a high risk of death in this day and age is pneumonic plague, which is thankfully quite rare.
It’s an ill wind that blows no good...
So do most of their food exports.
Good on her doctor and vet for recognizing the infection. Glad they both recovered!
There are three kinds of plague, caused by the same bacteria. Bubonic and Septicemic plague, caused by fleas, and Pneumonic plague, caused by coughing, sneezing, and direct contamination.
They are further distinguished because in Bubonic plague, the bacteria is transmitted from the bite to the lymphatic system. Without treatment, the bubonic plague kills about two thirds of infected humans within four days. The name Bubonic is based on the swelling of lymph nodes.
In Septicemic plague, the bacteria instead goes into the bloodstream, causing blood clotting in capillaries throughout the body, causing tissue damage and organ failure. It is almost always fatal if untreated.
In Pneumonic plague, the infection is in the respiratory system. Its untreated mortality rate is “very high”. In the modern world, it is the most likely to cause an epidemic, and it is almost certain that the Chinese epidemic is Pneumonic in origin.
Even stranger, there are many Americans who are *immune* to Bubonic plague, as well as a host of other diseases, including HIV. They are descendants of people in northern Europe and England, with a cell mutation. If they have one copy of the gene, they get sick but recover, which is found in 1 in 5 Americans; and if they have two copies of the genes, they never catch the disease, which is found in 1 in 100 Americans.
They fought the dogs,
and killed the cats,
and bit the babies int heir cradles.
from the PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN