"Black Death" Plague Surfaces In China And Forces Government To Seal Off A Whole City

The Chinese government closed access to the northwestern city of Yumen after a man died of bubonic plague there last week. No other cases have been reported, but more than 150 people have been placed in quarantine.

A 38 year-old man died of bubonic plague last Wednesday in Yumen, China, prompting authorities to block all access to the northwestern city.

Although no other cases have been reported, 151 residents have been placed in isolation at four quarantine sectors in the city.

Yumen is a city of 30,000 inhabitants about 1,200 miles from Beijing, in the northwestern region of Gansu.

Known as the "Black Death," the bubonic plague was responsible for some of the worst epidemics in human history. Experts estimate that it killed between 30% and 60% of Europe's population in the 14th century.

Advances in medical science have made the once-deadly disease easier to cure, reducing mortality from 60% to 15%.

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