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Plague quarantine lifted

A QUARANTINE around a remote northwest Chinese town where deadly pneumonic plague killed three people and sickened nine was lifted after no new infections were reported, an official said yesterday.

The quarantine of Ziketan in Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai Province ended on Saturday night after 10 days, said a government spokesman surnamed Wang.

Police had set up checkpoints around the farming town of 10,000 people, sealing it off to prevent the spread of the disease that can kill in as few as 24 hours if untreated.

Wang said nine patients were recovering though they were required to stay in hospital for five more days for observation. Another 332 people who were quarantined after having contact with the patients were released.

The outbreak, first detected on July 30, killed three neighbors. Most of the other people who fell ill were relatives of the first victim, a 32-year-old herdsman who became ill after burying his dog.

China has had previous cases of plague, a disease that circulates mainly among small animals such as rats and mice but can also infect humans. Experts have said most cases in China's northwest occur when hunters are contaminated while skinning infected animals.




 

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