ULAN BATOR, July 9 (Xinhua) -- A laboratory test for a suspected case of bubonic plague in the western Mongolian province of Bayan-Ulgii returned negative results, the country's National Center for Zoonotic Diseases (NCZD) said Thursday.
The samples were taken from a 15-year-old resident of Bayan-Ulgii's Ulaankhus soum, who was taken to a local hospital last week after eating a marmot hunted by a dog, Nyamdorj Tsogbadrakh, director of the NCZD, told a news conference.
Tsogbadrakh urged people not to hunt marmots and not to eat marmot meat to prevent possible infections.
Two cases of bubonic plague have been confirmed recently in the neighboring province of Khovd.
Bubonic plague is a bacterial disease spread by fleas living on wild rodents such as marmots. It can kill an adult in less than 24 hours if not treated in time, according to the World Health Organization.