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WHO watching China plague cases 'closely'

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A town in the far-western Qinghai province of China has been sealed off after pneumonic plague killed three people.

Police have set up checkpoints around Ziketan, as medics disinfect the area and kill rats and insects.

Vivian Tan from the World Health Organization in Beijing said she was ''definitely concerned'' because this form of pneumonic plague ''is really quite lethal.''

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