Russia said Wednesday that a remote Far Eastern region near Mongolia has started testing rodents for bubonic plague after cases of the disease in Mongolia and China have been confirmed.
Rospotrebnadzor, the state consumer watchdog, said tests on rodents such as marmots in the Burjtien region in eastern Siberia, which borders Mongolia, had started.
The results of serological and other tests for "detection of pestantigens that were carried out in 2020 were negative," said a statement from the watchdog's regional department.
Public health officials have urged residents of the mountainous regions of Tuva and Altai not to hunt or eat marmots after two cases of bubonic plague were confirmed in Mongolia last week.
In both cases, they were brothers who had eaten marmot meat.
On Tuesday, the World Health Organization said it is also monitoring a case of bubonic plague in China after being notified by the Beijing authorities.
In Altai, which, like Tuva, also borders on Mongolia, officials have launched an awareness-raising campaign in which leaflets are distributed to local residents.
Some areas near the Russian border with Mongolia are natural breeding grounds for the plague.
Rospotrebnadzor warned of an increased risk that the disease would spread to neighboring regions such as Tuwa and Altai in Buryatia.
The plague is highly contagious and is transmitted between animals and humans through the bite of infected fleas and contact with infected animals such as marmots.
Despite the precautionary measures, Rospotrebnadzor has stressed that there is no risk of bubonic plague spreading across the country.
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