The deadliest form of plague has infected two people in China, and information is scarce

Local health officials in China have confirmed two cases of pneumonic plague. Authorities say two people from China’s Inner Mongolia region received "proper treatment" and that "relevant disease prevention and control measures have been taken." The patients were reportedly treated at the Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, which replaced all chairs...

Local health officials in China have confirmed two cases of pneumonic plague. Authorities say two people from China’s Inner Mongolia region received "proper treatment" and that "relevant disease prevention and control measures have been taken." The patients were reportedly treated at the Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, which replaced all chairs in its emergency room after the patients’ arrival. The patients were later transferred to another hospital. The World Health Organization says pneumonic plague is the most serious form of the disease, and the only type that can spread from person to person via respiratory droplets. It is sometimes caused by untreated cases of bubonic plague; symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, and rapidly developing pneumonia. The CDC says antibiotics have helped reduce the number of plague deaths, but the disease can be fatal even with treatment. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention has told residents in Beijing not to be concerned about contracting the disease. The agency said authorities were investigating anyone they believe may have been exposed to the patients. Li Jifeng, a doctor at Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, said on social media she treated the two patients on November 3, but later deleted the post. Earlier this year, a couple in Mongolia contracted the plague and died after eating the raw offal of a marmot, which is considered by some to provide health benefits.