bubonic plague still alive

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    ABC Online;
    An outbreak of the plague has claimed more than half a dozen lives in China.

    Eight people have died and 11 others have been infected in an outbreak of the bubonic plague in north-west China.

    State media says most of the cases involved farmers or herdsmen in the poor Qinghai province, who caught the disease by eating rodents.

    The plague periodically resurfaces in China.

    Last month one person died and another was infected.

    The authorities say this latest outbreak has been brought under control.

    Story Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2004 21:01:14 AEST

    Dave R.
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