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    Default Mongolian couple die of bubonic plague after eating marmot

    Apparently eating raw marmot kidney is some kind of folk remedy for good health. Except that marmot's carry the plague. Very ironic.

    Mongolian couple die of bubonic plague after eating marmot


    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-eating-marmot

    Six-day quarantine declared in region, preventing tourists from leaving

    A Mongolian couple have died of the bubonic plague after eating raw marmot kidney, triggering a quarantine that left tourists stranded in a remote region for days.
    The ethnic Kazakh couple died on 1 May in Mongolia’s westernmost province of Bayan-Ulgii, which borders Russia and China.
    A six-day quarantine was declared in the region, preventing nine tourists from Russia, Germany and Switzerland from leaving.
    Sebastian Pique, 24, an American Peace Corps volunteer who has lived in the region for two years, said he and the tourists were invited to the local governor’s office on Friday to be informed about the situation.
    “After the quarantine [was announced], not many people – even locals – were in the streets for fear of catching the disease,” he said.
    The quarantine was expected to be lifted on Monday after no other cases of the plague were reported.
    Authorities have warned people against eating raw marmot meat because it can carry Yersinia pestis, the plague germ. Some people ignore the warnings as they believe that consuming the innards of the large rodent is good for their health.
    Each year in Mongolia at least one person dies of the plague, mostly due to consuming such meat, according to the US National Center for Zoonotic Disease.

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    Some people ignore the warnings as they believe that consuming the innards of the large rodent is good for their health.
    Good for their health? That's it? Nothing less than the promise of immortality would get me to eat raw rodent innards.

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    Because people are full of infinite stores of abject stupidity and need these sort of warnings. And the warnings still don't help, apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenna View Post
    Good for their health? That's it? Nothing less than the promise of immortality would get me to eat raw rodent innards.
    Oh the stories I could tell.

    Apparently in America freeze dried bovine organs (that concentrate any diseases) are a big deal.
    Ditto porcine digesting thingies for cancer patients undertaking chemo (which lower their immunity to zoonotic diseases).

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