Anyone planning to travel to North West China/Tibet? Pneumonic plague has broken out in the north western province of Hainan Tibetan Prefecture, China. The Chinese government has confirmed two deaths so far, though sources are stating that there have been three confirmed deaths. The province has been quarantined by the Chinese authorities and, of course, the plague has never been eradicated from the planet so perhaps there isn't too much cause for concern. According to the WHO: However, this area of China is particularly undeveloped and, therefore, is prime ground for epidemics. Furthermore, 'pneumonic plague is the most virulent and least common form of plague' and should be treated within 24 hours of first symptoms appearing for the best chance of survival. If this did become an epidemic, how could the rudimentary and limited Chinese health system hope to be able to treat large numbers of people within 24 hours? How would they react if a plague epidemic coincided with a swine flu epidemic (completely hypothetical, I know)? http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/aug/03/china-pneumonic-plague-ziketan Contrarian: bringing you tidings of good news since 2008.