The U.S. may want to take heed: Last year, after one man was infected with the plague, China issued martial law for the city of 30,000 that the man resided in. China also quarantined an additional 151 people.
The case was mainly ignored in the West because we were very caught up in the Ebola and ISIS crisis.
However, with the CDC now warning doctors to lookout for cases of Plague when people display flu-like symptoms, we may want to look at what China did last year when just ONE person was infected.
There have been 11 infected people in the United States so far, and three of those cases have resulted in death.
The Plague and Martial Law In China
The Guardian reported at the time: A Chinese city has been sealed off and 151 people have been placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said.
The 30,000 residents of Yumen, in the north-western province of Gansu, are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on the perimeter of the city are telling motorists to find alternative routes, China Central Television (CCTV) said.
A 38-year-old man died last Wednesday, the report said, after he had been in contact with a dead marmot, a small furry animal related to the squirrel. No further plague cases have been reported.
CCTV said officials were not allowing anyone to leave. The China Daily newspaper said four quarantine sectors had been set up in the city.
“The city has enough rice, flour and oil to supply all its residents for up to one month,” CCTV added. “Local residents and those in quarantine are all in stable condition.” No further cases have been reported.
While it seems the order of martial law was eventually lifted, it is important to note what one of the other world “superpowers” did in a very recent and similar situation to the one the United States is currently experiencing.
The startling video below explains what happened in detail. Let us know whether you think the U.S. should worry about a potential outbreak of Plague by commenting below.
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