China reports a case of dengue fever on the same day it detects bubonic plague

A person in the city of Guangde, in eastern China, was taken ill on Sunday, officials confirmed. It comes as a case of bubonic plague was announced at the weekend

    Dengue fever, which can be deadly, is spread by moquitos (Image: Getty Images)

    A case of deadly dengue fever has been detected in China – on the same day it recorded a bubonic plague infection.

    A person in the city of Guangde, in eastern China, was taken ill on Sunday, officials said.

    Dengue fever is spread by infected mosquitos, and can cause death in extreme cases.

    It happened the same day that a herdsman was found to be suffering from bubonic plague in Inner Mongolia.

    In a statement, state broadcaster CCTV said the patient has been in hospital since being diagnosed with dengue fever.

    They had previously travelled to India, Myanmar and Pakistan.

    The bubonic plague and dengue fever cases come as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic
    (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

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    Tests are being carried out by government officials to find out if anyone else in surrounding neighbourhoods has contracted the disease.

    Singapore is currently battling a dengue fever outbreak, with 15,273 cases identified this year.

    The outbreak has been linked to 16 deaths.

    Those who come down with the illness, which is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, usually experience muscle pains and fever, as well as vomiting and headaches.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it is "carefully" monitoring the case of bubonic plague in China.

    The discovery was made the same day a case of bubonic plague was discovered
    (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

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    "We are monitoring the outbreaks in China, we are watching that closely and in partnership with the Chinese authorities and Mongolian authorities," WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a UN press briefing in Geneva.

    "At the moment we are not…considering it high-risk but we are watching it, monitoring it carefully," she added.

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    The bubonic plague, known as the "Black Death" in the Middle Ages, is a highly infectious and often fatal disease that is spread mostly by rodents.

    Cases are not uncommon in China although they are becoming increasingly rare.


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