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China has stepped up precautions after a city in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region confirmed a case of bubonic plague.
According to state-run media on Monday, the patient in Bayannur, a herdsman, is in quarantine and in a stable condition.
The patient was first reported as a suspected bubonic plague case on Saturday.
It is not yet clear how or why the patient might have become infected.
Officials issued a Level 3 warning, the second-highest in a four-tier system, which forbids the hunting and eating of animals that could carry plague and calls on the public to report suspected cases.
The bubonic plague, caused by bacterial infection, can be deadly but can be treated with commonly available antibiotics.
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