Mongolia recently reported its third death from the disease this year. The infection rates and number of deaths are rapidly increasing in the East Asian country at the highest level in decades.
Officials have said at least 17 out of Mongolia’s 21 provinces have the potential to become a source of a bubonic plague outbreak.
Mongolia has been living with the deadly disease for centuries as the country eats meat from marmots as a delicacy.
The rodent is a carrier of the plague due to infected fleas.
But bans on hunting and trading marmots has not deterred people in Mongolia from consuming the infected meat.
Bubonic Plague was one of the most devastating diseases in human history.
The deadly infection killed around 100million people in the 14th century.
The plague also comes in other forms including the enteric plague, pneumonic plague and septicemic plague.
The bubonic plague is the most common form of the disease that people can get.
Its name originates from the symptoms it causes including painful, swollen lymph nodes or “buboes” in the armpit or groin.
Between 2010 to 2015, there were 584 deaths from the disease and 3,248 reported cases worldwide.
In the Middle Ages, the bubonic plague was referred to as the “Black Death” due to the gangrenous blackening and death of body parts.
An infected person usually becomes ill within two to six days after catching the disease.
Other symptoms include chills, fever, headache, muscle aches and tiredness.
The deadly disease can also affect a person’s lungs causing chest pain, coughs and difficulty breathing.