The couple who died of a bubble plague ate crude ground beef and kidneys before his death, according to one official.
The Mongolian woman and her husband died on May 1, according to BBC News and Agence France-Presse. Earlier reports reported that a couple from Mongolian Uglija died on April 27 and that the woman was 37 years old and pregnant while her husband was 38 years old. Their names have not been published. AFP reported that the couple were of Kazakhstan origin.
Before they died, a couple eaten raw meat and kidneys, Ariuntuya Ochirpurev of the World Health Organization (WHO) said in Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar to BBC News. She explained that meat is a traditional remedy that is believed to promote good health.
Between 1989 and 1997 there were 69 cases of bubonic plague in Mongolia. Twenty-two of these people died, Ochirpurev said. One case was reported in 2017, but the patient survived.
The latest deaths have led to a six-day quarantine in the western province of Bayan Olgii. It is estimated that 118 people – including seven tourists from Kazakhstan, South Korea, Switzerland and Sweden – came into contact with the husband and wife, Ochirpurev said. They are quarantined and treated with antibiotics as a precautionary measure.
Last week, Dr. N. Tsogbadrakh, director of the National Center for Zoning Dermatology and Medicine of Mongolia, said that a man was hunting pigs, eating meat, and giving something to his wife. The couple left four children behind, he said. Tsogbadrakh also confirmed that marmot eating is forbidden.
Sebastian Pique, volunteer for the US peacekeepers living in the area, told AFP: "After quarantine [was announced]A few people, even the locals, were not in the streets to worry about the disease. "
Bubo's plague causes Yersinia pestis Bacteria that, according to the WHO, are transmitted by wild rodents when their fleas skip from one animal to another. People can catch the plague if they bite the infected cattle or handle the infected animals.
There are three types of plague: hammer, septicemia, and pneumonia. Everyone shows how the disease is transmitted. If not treated, plague can be lethal – especially in the form of pneumonia and septicemia. Treatments include taking antibiotics to kill bacteria.
After an incubation period of three to seven days, the infected person is likely to be affected by symptoms of similar flu like fever, chills, vomiting and nausea, and headache and body fat.
It is generally believed that the plague caused Black Death, a 14th century pandemic that occurred throughout the Middle Ages across Europe, and cost about 50 million lives.