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Bubonic plague: Russia cracks down on hunting marmots



Bubonic plague: Russia cracks down on hunting marmots
Two cases the plague recorded in Khovd province in western Mongolia, the Russian state media TASS reported on Tuesday.

Marmot is a large ground squirrel, a type of rodent, which has historically been associated with outbreaks in the region.

Officials from the Republic’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food told residents in the border area not to hunt guinea pigs or eat guinea pigs, and take precautions against insect bites.

Rodents are the main vector of plague transmission from animals to humans, but this disease can also be transmitted by flea bites.

Outbreaks killed around 50 million people in Europe during the Black Death pandemic in the Middle Ages, but modern antibiotics can prevent complications and death if given quickly enough.

The bubonic plague, which is one of three outbreaks, causes swollen lymph nodes, as well as fever, cold, and cough.

Mongolia quarantined its territory near the Russian border last week after laboratory tests showed two cases of bubonic plague related to the consumption of guinea pigs, the country’s health official said on July 1.

The National Center for Mongolian Zoonotic Disease said last week it had identified and tested 146 people who had made contact with two infected people.

The center also identified 504 secondary contacts in the Khovd province.

The Russian Embassy in Mongolia said there was “no reason for serious concern” because Mongolian authorities have imposed travel restrictions and isolated infected individuals, according to Russian government news agency RIA Novosti.

The embassy also quoted Sergei Diorditsu, a representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Mongolia, who reportedly said the province saw a seasonal outbreak, according to RIA Novosti.

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“There is a natural focus of plague in Mongolia and the disease is spread by tarbagan [Mongolian marmots], “the embassy said.

“The problem is that the locals who, despite all the restrictions and recommendations from the local government, continue to hunt them down and eat them, because this is local delicacy.”

Authorities in China’s Inner Mongolia region have also confirmed the outbreak case.

The case in the city of Bayannur, northwest of Beijing, was confirmed on Tuesday, according to the Xinhua news agency.

In 2019, a husband and wife in Mongolia died after eating raw guinea pig kidneys, triggering quarantine which left some tourists stranded in the region.

Everywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 people get an outbreak each year, according to WHO, but the estimate does not explain an unreported case.

Jessie Yeung from CNN contributed to this report.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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