A quarantine imposed in Mongolia after two people died from the bubonic plague has been lifted, allowing a number of tourists to leave the area.   The Mongolian couple contracted the illness after eating the raw meat of a marmot, a type of rodent.  Following their deaths, a six-day quarantine was declared on 1 May in Mongolia’s western Bayan Olgii province bordering both China and Russia.

In previous centuries plague outbreaks killed millions in Europe and Asia.

Human cases are now rare but can still be deadly unless treated with antibiotics.

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