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By Yu Juan, Ma Danmeng, Liang Zhen and Denise Jia / Nov 13, 2019 06:25 AM / Business & Tech

Photo: Caixin

Photo: Caixin

Beijing health authorities have confirmed that two persons from North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region have been diagnosed with pneumonic plague, a potentially deadly and extremely contagious lung infection.

The two patients have received proper treatment in relevant medical institution in Beijing’s Chaoyang district and relevant disease prevention and control measures have been taken, local health authorities said Tuesday.

Chaoyang Hospital, where the two patients were treated, has replaced all the chairs at its emergency room, Caixin reporters witnessed.

The emergency room was in police blockade Monday night, people living nearby the hospital told Caixin. A resident medical school student at Chaoyang Hospital told Caixin that he received emergency notice from the school, asking them not to go to the emergency room in the following weeks.

Chaoyang Hospital told local media that the two patients have been transferred to another hospital, without disclosing the name of the hospital.

Pneumonic plague is a severe lung infection caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which is usually found in small mammals and their fleas. Humans can be infected by the bite of infected flea, unprotected contact with infectious bodily fluids or contaminated materials, or through inhaled respiratory droplets from an infected person.

According to the World Health Organization, the pneumonic plague can be fatal if left untreated and is extremely contagious. From 2010 to 2015, 3248 cases were reported worldwide, including 584 deaths.

Contact reporter Denise Jia (huijuanjia@caixin.com)

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