Death due to suspected pneumonic plague in Jiuquan City, Gansu Province, China

Officials of the Jiuquan City Health Bureau have reported the death of a patient with suspected pneumonic plague. At present, 151 close contacts of the deceased are being investigated for possible spread of this highly contagious form of plague. The Lianhuo high speed highway toll station is temporarily closed due to the plague. Travellers are at low risk of acquiring this infection unless they have been in close personal contact with a person with the respiratory form of the disease.

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