Updated on 2 September 2013
While the health ministry has denied that any new patients have been infected, it has revealed that 131 people have been isolated to prevent the possible spread of the disease, the ministry's public health official Asylbek Sydykanov said.
The country's health ministry has warned its citizens against travelling to Kyrgyzstan ‘until the epidemiological situation regarding the plague is stabilized'. Emergency officials have also gone door to door in the boy's village to look for possible victims of the infection, but did not find signs of the disease, the emergency ministry said.
Kazakhstani officials have said that the country is stepping up preventive measures to stop any possible outbreak on its territory, introducing ‘special monitoring' of people crossing the border from Kyrgyzstan.
Temirbek, a herdboy from the village of Ichke-Zhergez, is thought to have become infected after being bitten by a flea carried by a marmot that he reportedly prepared for food.
Bubonic plague is a bacterial infection that is a strain of the ‘Black Death', a virulent disease that killed tens of millions of people in 14th-century Europe. Primarily an animal disease, it is said to be extremely rare in humans.