China Missing the Mark on Plague Response

China reported a third case of bubonic plague yesterday on the heels of 2 cases revealed last week—spurring questions over its assurances that the risk of an outbreak was low, according to the Guardian.
In the latest case, health officials in Inner Mongolia revealed that a 55-year old man came down with bubonic plague after eating wild rabbit meat, Reuters reports. Officials have not yet found evidence linking the 3 cases.
The problem, Laurie Garrett notes: China waited almost 2 weeks to tell the WHO about the first cases—and only after journalists shared the news.

“Beijing seems to be afraid of the wrong things,” she says.

And that approach is already backfiring, driving panic that is out of proportion to the threat and the real risks of Yersinia pestis in 2019, according to Garrett.

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