- NEW DELHI (UPI) - Doctors
at India's National Institute of Communicable Diseases on Tuesday confirmed
that the plague has killed four people in northern India.
- The latest victim died at a hospital in the city of
- Star News TV reported that all three tests recommended
by the World Health Organization on the organism isolated from patients'
samples were positive for Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes
- India's prime minister's office was informed of the
At least four villages in the states of Himachal Pradesh and Utranchal
have been quarantined and villagers' movements have been restricted.
- At least 14 more people have been admitted to various
hospitals. At least six of them are listed in critical condition.
- Health ministry officials said these are isolated cases
of plague, and there is no widespread outbreak. All necessary precautions
are being taken to isolate people affected with the disease, officials
- More than 60 people were killed in 1994 when plague
India's western city of Surat.
- The disease is caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis
and spread by fleas carried by rodents. Once people become infected, the
often fatal disease spreads through coughing and sneezing.
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