Boy in Kyrgyzstan Dies of Bubonic Plague

More than 100 people quarantined


A 15-year-old herder has died in Kyrgyzstan of bubonic plague—the first case in the country in 30 years—officials say.

The teenager appears to have been bitten by an infected flea.

The authorities have sought to calm fears of an epidemic and have quarantined more than 100 people.

Bubonic plague, known as the Black Death when it killed an estimated 25 million people in Europe during the Middle Ages, is now rare.