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Health officials fear an outbreak of bubonic plague in central Asia after a teenage boy died from the disease and three more were admitted to hospital in Kyrgyzstan. Temirbek Isakunov, a 15-year-old from a mountain village near the border with Kazakhstan, reportedly died from the disease last week after eating an infected barbecued marmot. Kyrgyzstan's emergency ministry said a young woman and two children from a different village who came into contact with Isakunov were hospitalised on Tuesday with the high fever and swelling around the neck and armpits characteristic of bubonic plague, local news outlets reported.
Issakunov is thought to have died after being bitten by an infected flea while he herded livestock in a remote village in the north east of Kyrgyzstan – a mountainous country in central Asia. Initial reports that he died after eating a barbecued marmot are believed to be false.
Just to scare you, its estimated the Black Plague killed 75 - 200 million people in the 14 centuary.
In 1665 it killed upto 100,000 people in London alone.
On 26 August 2013 the Health Ministry of Kyrgyzstan confirmed that a teenager had died of bubonic plague in the Ak-Suu district in Issyk-Kul region in north- eastern Kyrgyzstan. Checkpoints have been set up in the region to contain the disease. Take care if you travel to the Oblasts (Provinces) of Osh, Batken and Jalal-Abad. See Local travel The Kyrgyz/Uzbek and Kyrgyz/Tajik borders are subject to closure without notice. There have been a number of security incidents in the Kyrgyz/Uzbek border region. See Local travel There is a British Embassy in Bishkek. However, the British Embassy Office in Almaty, Kazakhstan is responsible for providing consular assistance to British nationals in Kyrgyzstan. If you need consular assistance while you are in Kyrgyzstan, you should contact the consular section at the British Embassy Office, Almaty.
Issakunov died last week, but tests on his body have
only just revealed his cause of death to be bubonic
Tolo Isakov, an official from Kyrgyzstan’s health
ministry, said teams of pest control agents have been
sent into the area to kill rats and other rodents that may
be harbouring the disease.
He added that around 2,000 local people face
compulsory tests to see if they are infected with bubonic
plague, with antibiotics prescribed to anyone suffering
Four people have been hospitalised and 160 quarantined after a 15 year-old boy who ate marmot meat died of the bubonic plague last week, the Kyrgyzstan Ministry of Health said on Wednesday. The Ministry in the Central Asian nation said the boy told medics he spent the previous week camping in the mountains where he had eaten barbecued marmot, a large ground squirrel that typically lives in mountainous areas. The Ministry of Health established quarantine in parts of the mountainous North-east, but said there was no risk of an epidemic. Four residents in the boy’s village were hospitalised on Wednesday after complaining of fever, though none had contact with the boy. A high fever is a common symptom of many diseases, such as the flu or measles.
The Kyrgyz government now accuses the media of sparking global panic over a confirmed case of bubonic plague death.
"The current situation in Ak-Suy district is under control of doctors and epidemiologists of the republic and there are no reasons to worry and fan up tension among local residents and the world public ," the government statement is cited by Itar-Tass news agency.