Two people died of bubonic plague after eating a raw marmot kidney. It happened in Mongolia, where the eating of raw marmot meat is considered a healthy custom.

The victims are Kazakh husband and wife, 38 and 37 years old. The woman was expecting a baby. The news was reported by the Siberian Times, according to which a six-day quarantine was imposed in the region.


The authorities have long been warning the population of a practice that has already caused several casualties in recent years. In fact, raw marmot meat can be a potential vehicle of the plague bacterium. The facts date back to the beginning of May and this week, after no one reported new infections, the quarantine was lifted. However, more than 150 people remain in observation who would have come into contact with the victims.