Small Town in China on Lockdown After Man Dies of Bubonic Plague

CNN) -- A Chinese town has been on lockdown since last week after a man died of the plague. Parts of the city of Yumen was sealed off by police after a 38-year-old man died in a hospital on July 16, according to state news agency Xinhua. He had contracted pneumonic plague. On the same day of the patient's death, a quarantine zone was set up, affecting at least 30,000 people living in Yumen city in China's northwestern Gansu province. The original quarantine period is set for nine days.