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Quarantine lifted from Tsegorthang town

August 10, 2009

August 9, 2009

Dharamsala, Aug 9 -- China has ended the
quarantine of Tsegorthang, a Tibetan town where
deadly pneumonic plague killed three people since July 30.

China earlier quarantined the Tibetan town of
Tsegorthang in Qinghai province after the deadly
plague claimed its third victim. The officials
lifted the blockade Saturday night after 10 days, said a government spokesman.

Police had set up checkpoints around the farming
town of 10,000 people, sealing it off to prevent
the spread of the disease that can kill in as few
as 24 hours if left untreated.

Nine patients are reportedly recovering and in
stable condition though they were required to
stay for five days in a hospital for observation.
Another 332 people quarantined for having "direct
or indirect contact" with the patients were
released, according to the Associated Press.

Most of the other sickened people were relatives
of the first victim named Kunsang, a 32-year-old
herdsman who became ill after burying his dog.

The World Health Organization says the plague is
one of the deadliest infectious diseases and can
kill patients within 24 hours of infection if left untreated.
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