Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Pneumonic Plague Outbreak To Go Wide?

The death toll in the northwestern China town experiencing an outbreak of pneumonic plague now stands at three. Even more ominously: Residents are reporting that villagers are trying to flee.

Police have set up checkpoints around Ziketan in Qinghai province, a town of 10,000 people, which has been put under quarantine after at least a dozen people caught the lung infection which can kill within 24 hours if untreated.

Some people tried to leave the quarantined area Monday evening, mostly by foot, after the third death was reported, two residents reached by The Associated Press said. Most of the town's residents are Tibetan herders of yaks, sheep and pigs.

"A lot of people ran off last night when they heard that another person died of this plague. They are mostly from other provinces," said a food seller surnamed Han who runs a stall at the Crystal Alley Market. "They headed back home with food, water and their donkeys."

You know what else they're taking with them? PNEUMONIC PLAGUE.

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Thanks Balk. I'll go ahead and add "Renee Russo's outfit from Outbreak" to my shopping list.

Abe Sauer (#148)

Qinghai is in the awesome real estate nothing wasteland between Tibet and Xinjiang (Uighurs!) largely inhabited by yak-herding nomads, millions of chinese hard labor prisoners (they make up more than 10% of the who,e region's pop) and giant asbestos, coal and copper pit mines the sheer insane industrial inhospitableness of which makes one pee his or her pants. Given this region (mines + prisoners + impossible to reach + not really "Tibet" = no global news interest) and China's ability to make the "hard choices" to protect the larger population, this is bad news. Firebomb-kinda' bad news.

HiredGoons (#603)

At least it isn't Mothra.

ejcsanfran (#489)

Mothra is Japanese, not Chinese – I guess all giant killer moths look alike to you..? So racist…

HiredGoons (#603)

I was inferring that they were better off than the Japanese. Way to be a knee-jerk reactionary.

*snort of self-satisfaction and validation.

GiovanniGF (#224)

I don't know what the big deal is. It's not like the plague has ever been a problem.

KarenUhOh (#19)

This time, the ad is for "RoadKillTShirts.Com."

I hope the Nobel Committee is following Google Ads.

Mine is showing http://www.chinatraveldepot.com, cause this post might make me think of booking a China vacation.

The zombie plague in World War Z began in a rural town in China.

Just saying…

propertius (#361)

There are occasional cases of plague in California. The last I heard of happened when a cat dragged a dead squirrel or some other kind of rodent into the owner's home.

hazmathilda (#839)

I've been reading it as Pneumatic Plague all this time. *weeping*

josh_speed (#97)

If this bug flattens everything as we currently know it, there are yet some soothing by-products:

–Urgency of 40,000$ student loan instantly deflated;
–Possibility of ear-gouging with crochet hooks upon hearing next Britney single removed;
–Whining about work and public transit put suddenly in perspective.

Global pandemics are not without their silver linings.

Can families have more than one child there yet?

HiredGoons (#603)

What? They don't have fluoridated water?

ericdeamer (#945)

At least it's not the far more deadly mnemonic plague.

I always forget that one

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