[Update Tuesday, July 7: A second suspected cases of the bacteria has been reported in China)
(CMR) China is reporting a suspected case of bubonic plague.
The authorities made the revelation on Sunday (July 5) as they advised residents not to hunt wild animals such as marmots.
Bubonic plague is caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, which can be transmitted to humans after fleas bite infected rodents or if such rodents are consumed.
Rats, mice, and marmots are known carriers of the bacteria.
While China has largely eradicated the plague, there was an outbreak of the bacteria in 2009 which resulted in deaths in the Qinghai province.
Since late last year, China has been battling several disease outbreaks including the coronavirus, which was first detected in Wuhan, as well as a new strain of swine flu.
Health Authorities say there is no need to worry as there are several antibiotics that are able to treat the disease.