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Bubonic Plague scare: Police seize dozens of dead marmots

Bubonic Plague scare: Police seize dozens of dead marmots

Police in northern Mongolia have seized 29 dead marmots from a vehicle – the rodents are known to be carriers of the deadly bubonic plaguethe country’s Ecological Police Department (EPD) said on Monday(18 Jan).

The dead marmots were found on Sunday in a vehicle heading to the capital city of Ulaanbaatar from the northern Mongolian province of Khuvsgul, the EPD said in a statement.

The case is under investigation, it added.

While hunting marmots is illegal in Mongolia, many Mongolians ignore the law and regardthe rodents as a delicacy.

Last year, the Asian country reported more than 20 suspected cases of the bubonic plague, around half of which were confirmed by laboratory tests. Three of the infected people died.

Out of all the 21 Mongolian provinces, 17 are at risk of the bubonic plague, according to the country’s National Center for Zoonotic Diseases.

The bubonic plague is a bacterial disease spread by fleas living on wild rodents such as marmots and can kill an adult within 24hours if not treated in time.

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