Couple eats raw rodent meat for ‘good health’ and dies of bubonic plague


A Mongolian couple died from the bubonic plague after eating a raw rodents meat and kidney.

The couple ate marmot, which is similar to a groundhog.

In the remote area of the Bayan-Ölgii province, which borders China and Russia, raw marmot meat is believed to be good for health.

According to the CDC, bubonic plague can be transmitted via infected fleas and animals, like prairie dogs, squirrels, rats and rabbits.

The disease required a six-day quarantine of 118 people who had come in contact with the couple.

The local governor says no other cases have been reported in the area.

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