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Pneumonic plague claims third life

August 5, 2009

August 4, 2009

Dharamsala, August 4 -- A third Tibetan has died
of pneumonic plague that already had killed 2
persons in Tsegorthang village (Ch:Ziketan) in
Qinghai since July 30, according to official
Chinese news agency Xinhua. He was identified as Tendrak (Ch:Danzhi), 64.

Nine others are being quarantined and treated for
possible cases of the disease which the World
Health Organization says is one of the deadliest
infectious diseases and can kill patients within 24 hours of infection.

"Of the nine patients quarantined, one is in a
serious condition and another has developed
symptoms of coughing and chest pain," Xinhua
said. The nine people have come in close contact
with Kunsang, the first man who died due to the
plague, according to a Tibetan source in exile.

Medical staffs are disinfecting the region and
tracking down people who have been in close
contact with those affected by the plague, says
Xinhua, adding the local government has quarantined the town and its vicinity.

The local government has issued orders to people
who have been in the infected town and its
vicinity since July 16 to get themselves checked up.

Pema from Tsegorthang who now lives in Australia
told Voice of Tibet radio service that it is
believed the disease had come from a dog owned by
Kunsang, the first victim of the disease. The
second person who died of the disease was Tenzin (Ch:Danzin).

The town covers 3,000 square kilometers and has a population of 10,000.
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