China Seals Off Yumen City After Outbreak Of Bubonic Plague

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With Colorado suffering from pneumonic plague, and the dreadfully sad report of Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracting the virus, it appears China is taking no chances. As Yahoo reports, Chinese officials have blocked off parts of Yumen, a city in northwest China, preventing about 30,000 of the city's people from leaving after one resident died from bubonic plague. About 150 people who had contact with the plague victim have been placed under quarantine but US experts are perplexed at the response, "there's something here that we don't know, because this seems a very expansive response to just one case."

As Yahoo reports,

A city in China has reportedly been sealed off after one resident died from bubonic plague, but this way of trying to contain the disease is puzzling to infectious disease experts, who say the response seems extreme given the information released about the case.


According to news reports, Chinese officials have blocked off parts of Yumen, a city in northwest China, preventing about 30,000 of the city's people from leaving.


A man in the city became ill after he handled a dead marmot (a large wild rodent), and died last week from bubonic plague. No other cases of the plague have been reported, according to the Guardian. About 150 people who had contact with the plague victim have been placed under quarantine.

But US experts are wondering if there is more going on...

Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, said that sealing off a city is a rather extreme set of precautions to take for a single case of bubonic plague. "I feel there's something here that we don't know, because this seems a very expansive response to just one case," Schaffner said.


"We have cases of bubonic plague from time to time in the United States, and they don't require this kind of public health response," Schaffner said. In recent decades, there have been an average of seven cases of bubonic plague a year in the United States, the CDC says.

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Schaffner wondered whether Chinese public health authorities had more information that they have not released, such as reason to suspect more cases. "I'm very puzzled at the circumstances here, and what the actual hazard is."

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Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:18 | 4995331 Herd Redirectio...
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"Handled" a marmot, or cooked it up and served it streetside, as a special entree?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:20 | 4995345 Pladizow
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Zombies, bitches!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:27 | 4995368 Oldwood
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Choices for a vacation spot are quickly narrowing.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:28 | 4995376 icanhasbailout
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please do not interfere with the experiment

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:36 | 4995403 Oldwood
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I would imagine that air travel plays greatly into many facets of their experiment.

Dispersal through international travelers

black box recordings


Structural integrity of burning highrises

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:39 | 4995419 BurningFuld
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He was not cooking his Marmots properly. NO RARE MARMOT!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:43 | 4995442 Oldwood
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But there is nothing worse than a tough, overcooked marmot. Really. A good marinade can help, but you get that shit stuck in your teeth and its just horrible. Especially the old ones.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:10 | 4995809 msmith9962
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A close relative of the barbaloot I believe.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:15 | 4995826 SafelyGraze
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china closes off yumen city to CASH-ONLY travelers

but if you have ez-pass, it's actually pretty fast to get in and out of the city

subcutaneous chip-implant data-sharing estonia 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:12 | 4996086 Indian_Goldsmith
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Thank God I'm going to die really really soon. I really didnt want to see my dark future.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:44 | 4996645 willwork4food
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Are you OK? This is the second time you posted this at different pages.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:03 | 4996695 kareninca
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I hope you are not being serious.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:37 | 4997076 StandardDeviant
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Oldwood, you should try stewing your marmot slowly.  Softens up nicely.

(No, that's not a euphemism.)

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:44 | 4995446 Herd Redirectio...
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IDK if his rotisserie was broken, or what.  I do know, if you see the boy in the below pic, run!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:54 | 4995496 Oldwood
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Nice, but its just not right to use children as bait.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:10 | 4995586 RafterManFMJ
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He was not cooking his Marmots properly

What are you - a fuckin' park ranger now?!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:33 | 4995666 Exponere Mendaces
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Funny, my first thought was "plausible deniability" as they ship off someone on a flight to a west-coast city in the USA.

Guess we'll have to look out for the reports from California in the coming days...

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:41 | 4995433 Da Yooper
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Choices for a vacation spot are quickly narrowing.


There is always Israel


I just read on ZH that it is a safe place to vacation to



Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:53 | 4995490 Oldwood
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Free weapons on arrival?

.....its tempting....

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:27 | 4995369 TeamDepends
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The lucies have opened the gates of hell. Can you feel it?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:47 | 4995461 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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If I am correct the Avenging Angels also have had enough and are on these sons of bitches asses now. If I am right a few Luciferian finance people tied to 9/11 are going to disappear over the next couple of weeks/months. The opening salvo was shot on 7/22/2014. I wouldn't want to be one of them down on Wall Street right about now if this what I think it is.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:46 | 4996463 MeMongo
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Mongo's putting all his money on the captain trips! Google it Bitchez, unless of course you're familiar with Randall Flagg!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:21 | 4995346 Pladizow
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Zombies, bitches!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:40 | 4995424 Herd Redirectio...
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I've said it before, the zombies already came, and they won.   They didn't get everyone, sure, but about 90% of people it would seem, go through life without so much as a critical or individual thought.


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:48 | 4995465 Oldwood
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Agreed. Just because their flesh isn't falling off...yet, doesn't mean their brain is not dead. The key is watching for those trying to eat your brain, or at least what you use your brain for, like productive things. Zombies do not produce...they eat...productivity. They need it beyond any reasonable level, regardless of what they may have just consumed they want more, and no reasoning will dissuade them. EAT!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:20 | 4995347 Pladizow
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Zombies, bitches!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:24 | 4995361 zorba THE GREEK
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IT is interesting that a person who handles dead rodents would have contact with a 150 people

in a short time. Maybe these people should be made to wash their hands more often.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:27 | 4995370 Oldwood
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Its these fucking social networks, I tell ya.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:51 | 4995475 graftvshost
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That was his entire friend list on "marmotspace".

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:31 | 4995384 Citxmech
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Maybe they figure that the "cooking" oil they refine out of gutter slime will kill anything harmful cooked in it.  Maybe this strain of plague is resistant to toxic sludge?


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:33 | 4995392 Oldwood
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Remember "The Blob"?

This time it will be pink slime.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:42 | 4995440 DirkDiggler11
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And these are the same people worrying about some "aged" beef at McDonalds or Taco Hell in China? I think they might just have something a bit more serious on their hands...

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:36 | 4995400 TheReplacement
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Apparently they were out of dog that day.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:22 | 4995621 Dave
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You won't get the plague eating a cooked marmot.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:18 | 4995334 Cattender
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this shit is starting to remind me of Resident Evil... Fuck!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:28 | 4995375 Atomizer
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Mrs Atomizer and I recently watched that movie, Milla Jovovich is a hotty.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:50 | 4996663 willwork4food
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yur lusting after Milla whilst watching with Mrs. Atomizer??? Heathen!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:18 | 4995338 ncdirtdigger
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Trying to keep these folks from redeeming their money market funds?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:31 | 4995385 Oldwood
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Buying up other's life insurance policies is starting to look better.


Running a fever?  A little short of cash for the doctor visit? let me make you an offer.....

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:08 | 4996671 willwork4food
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What about a high quality, US Government approved reverse mortgage payment for you hut? Apply now!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:19 | 4995339 brucekeller
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I dunno, seems pretty expansive for just one case.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:20 | 4995340 Fuku Ben
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Interesting post picture considering my last post.

The plague is being announced in many places

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:19 | 4995341 1000 splendid suns
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Fort Detrick creation

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:46 | 4995452 NumNutt
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AHH Fort Detrick.... I grew up in Frederick MD, remember that place well.....Funny how most people don't even know what is in their back yard. Every time I am in Reston VA I point out the new fire station on the corner of Sunset Hills road and Wiehle Ave.  That is the location for the only US outbreak of Ebola virus and most people don't even know it.  It used to be a facility that housed research chimps until they all came down with ebola, they were all destroyed and the building raised. It was a vacant lot for years with a fence around it, then the city of Reston turned it into a fire station.....

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:57 | 4995508 Herd Redirectio...
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"All came down with Ebola"

Or is that "All were infected with Ebola once they arrived at Ft Detrick"

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:20 | 4996107 Things that go bump
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That was an entirely different strain of Ebola and has its own designation. Its called Ebola Reston. The monkeys were imported from the Philippines and some came down sick shortly after arrival. They were in a holding facility run by the company that imported them for resale to research facilities (located conveniently near a daycare center). It spread through the whole facility despite efforts at quarantine, so apparently it was also airborne, as suppossedly the only contact between areas was the ventilation system. I understand several of the primate workers tested positive, but never developed symptoms. One worker was hospitalized with flu-like symptoms, but apparently it was a coincidence, though I don't really believe in coincidences of that nature. It really killed those monkeys though. It scared the Army and the CDC to death. It took 2 army vets with teams in biohazard suits with self-contained ventilation several days to destroy all those monkeys. There is a book about the incident that is quite exciting. It occurs to me that Ebola Reston might make a suitable vaccine, as Edward Jenner noted cowpox, a harmless rash contacted by dairy maids protected against smallpox. There was also a nurse in Africa who contacted Ebola from a patient. She survived after being injected with the serum of a survivor, though it wasn't a proper scientific study and so is discounted as anecdotal.  

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:07 | 4995562 Oldrepublic
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Ft Detrick was the place where Dr.Bruce Ivins was involved with the anthrax case and was" forced" to commit suicide.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:59 | 4995522 Kirk2NCC1701
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Ah yes, a favorite of Tom Clancy.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:28 | 4996380 Greenskeeper_Carl
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That book is what I thought about with the Ebola thing in Africa and the random third worlders from all over the place crossing the border. Just waiting to hear about this great new vaccine, which of course will be mandatory.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:47 | 4997051 Mitzibitzi
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I'm re-reading 'Executive Orders' as my 'bedtime book' at present, since I've been having the same thoughts recently.

In tyhe real world, things are getting slightly worrying, though. Let's do a quick finger count:

We have Ebola apparently reaching epidemic proportions in Africa. An unknown number of cases of norovirus in Scotland. Pneumonic plague in the US. Bubonic in China. Occasional reports of MERS still filtering out of Saudi, whenever they can sneak past the obvious government censorship. Am I missing any?

And also note that the CDC disease outbreak page has not been updated since May 20th - previously, it's been added to/modified on a pretty much daily basis.

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