In case you haven't seen the news, one of the most dreaded and deadly diseases in medieval times recently infected people in China: the Black Death.
On November 13, Wednesday, two people in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia were reported to undergo treatment for the disease, after eating the raw kidney of a marmot, a local health remedy, according to CNN. About 50 million in Europe died from Black Death in the Middle Ages.
How does one get the plague? It's caused by bacteria and spread through flea bites of infected animals. It has three forms: the bubonic plague, where the lymph nodes become swollen; the septicemic plague, where blood is infected; and the pneumonic plague, where the lungs are infected.
There's no vaccine yet for Black Death, but antibiotics can help prevent complications and even death if administered early on.
Why is it called Black Death? That's because it would turn infected people's limbs black.
Although the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention have reassured the public that an outbreak is highly unlikely, local officials like Rep. Rufus Rodriguez from the second district of Cagayan de Oro City have been urging the Department of Health (DOH) to implement protocol safeguarding the Philippines from the possible entry of the disease, considering the influx of Chinese nationals daily.
Rodriguez is asking Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to ask the Chinese government to implement a quarantine in the affected regions.
The Bureau of Immigration (BIR) estimates that 3.12 million Chinese nationals have entered the country from January 2016 to May 2018 alone.