A week after the world heard the news that a new strain of swine flu has been identified in China by scientists; which can potentially become pandemic just like the coronavirus that we’re all still having to combat; there’s been a reported case of bubonic plague in China.
Bayannur, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, announced a level III warning of plague prevention and control after the suspected bubonic plague case was reported on Saturday by a hospital in Bayannur.
In addition, the local health authority announced that the warning period will continue until the end of 2020.
Also of note per the local health authority is that “At present there is a risk of a human plague epidemic spreading through this city [Bayannur]. The public should improve its self protection awareness and ability, and report abnormal health conditions promptly.”
It was only last week that the BBC reported; “A new strain of flu that has the potential to become a pandemic has been identified in China by scientists. It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say. The researchers are concerned that it could mutate further so that it can spread easily from person to person, and trigger a global outbreak. While it is not an immediate problem, they say, it has “all the hallmarks” of being highly adapted to infect humans and needs close monitoring. As it’s new, people could have little or no immunity to the virus.”
Prof Kin-Chow Chang, who works at Nottingham University in the UK, told the BBC: “Right now we are distracted with coronavirus and rightly so. But we must not lose sight of potentially dangerous new viruses.”
While this new virus is not an immediate problem, he says: “We should not ignore it.” (Per the BBC)
A World Health Organization spokeswoman said: “Eurasian avian-like swine influenza virus are known to be circulating in the swine population in Asia and to be able to infect humans sporadically. Twice a year during the influenza vaccine composition meetings, all information on the viruses is reviewed and the need for new candidate vaccine viruses is discussed. We will carefully read the paper to understand what is new. It also highlights that we cannot let down our guard on influenza; we need to be vigilant and continue surveillance even during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
It seems it is the Chinese government or health mechanisms which should be surveilled; as diseases which were once controlled at local level, are becoming epidemic and pandemic due to government oversights, among other reasons.
When will this end?