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Hunter in China picks up bubonic plague after eating wild rabbit

According to the state news agency Xinhua, an unidentified patient is believed to have contracted the plague after catching and eating a wild rabbit in Inner Mongolia's Huade County.

Bubonic plague is a more common version of the disease and is rarely transmitted to humans.

The case comes after the Chinese government announced on November 12 that two people were being treated for the pneumonic plague in Beijing's capital, the same vein that caused the Black Death, one of the

pneumonic plague is the most virulent and deadly strain of the disease . It occurs in the lungs and any person who is infected can spread it to another person by sneezing or coughing near them. It can be cured with antibiotics, but it is always fatal if left untreated, according to the WHO.

In comparison, bubonic plague can be spread only from infected fleas or by treating the tissue of an infected animal.

  Two people just got the plague in China - yes, the Black plague of death
State media Xinhua said on Saturday there was no data on the spread of the plague . further down in Beijing and no relation to the latter case. But this was the second time the disease had been detected in the region in the last year.
In May, a Mongolian couple died of bubonic plague after eating a raw marmot kidney, a local folk remedy.

Although the plague is inextricably linked to the 14th-century Black Death pandemic that has killed some 50 million people in Europe, it remains a relatively common disease.

At least 1,000 people a year catch the plague, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which they recognize is probably a modest estimate given the number of undeclared cases.

The three most endemic countries are the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar and Peru.

An average of seven Americans get the plague. every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2015, two people in Colorado died from the plague, and the year before there were eight reported cases in the state.

Jessie Jeng and Susan Scootie of CNN contributed to this report.

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