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Northern Peruvian city on alert over possibility of bubonic plague

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Peruvian health authorities have warned about a possible outbreak of the bubonic plague in the La Hermelinda market in Trujillo.

Julio Torres Vigo, assistant health manager of the Municipality of Trujillo, issued a warning regarding the presence of rodents with the Yersinia pestis bacterium, which is known to cause the bubonic plague, Peru21 reported.

Torres said health authorities had confirmed that a majority of the rodents that were analyzed tested positive for the bacterium.

Torres said it was likely that certain parts of the market, which employs over 4,000 people, and has over 3,250 stalls, would be temporarily closed.

Last November health authorities in La Libertad warned of an outbreak of the bubonic plague in the province of Ascope – about an hour away from the city of Trujillo. Authorities issued an alert a week after two adults and one child were infected with the disease.

In 2010 Ascope was also home to an outbreak of the bubonic plague, which left one person dead, and some 30 infected.

The bubonic plague is a disease that is mainly carried by small rodents and their fleas. Left untreated, the plague has a mortality rate of about two thirds.

Peruvian health authorities have warned about a possible outbreak of the bubonic plague in the La Hermelinda market in Trujillo.

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