Well I Guess I Have To Change This Weekend’s BBQ Menu

Fear the marmot, my friends

Health officials fear an outbreak of bubonic plague in central Asia after a teenage boy died from the disease and three more were admitted to hospital in Kyrgyzstan.

Temirbek Isakunov, a 15-year-old from a mountain village near the border with Kazakhstan, reportedly died from the disease last week after eating an infected barbecued marmot. Kyrgyzstan’s emergency ministry said a young woman and two children from a different village who came into contact with Isakunov were hospitalised on Tuesday with the high fever and swelling around the neck and armpits characteristic of bubonic plague, local news outlets reported.

A total of 131 people, including 33 medical personnel, have been quarantined, although none of them have yet exhibited symptoms of the disease, the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda in Kyrgyzstan reported. The health ministry continues to find and quarantine people who came into contact with the teenager, according to its director.


Judging by the picture that headlines the article

A Marmot. Temirbek Isakunov reportedly died from bubonic plague after eating a marmot

I’d say it was actually Caddyshackistan…

8 Responses to “Well I Guess I Have To Change This Weekend’s BBQ Menu”

  1. Julie says:

    Cinderella story, outta nowhere…

  2. JeffS says:

    Around here, marmots are a pest, not a food source. Unless you are an envirotard, of course, whereupon they are cute fuzzy creatures that need protection.

    But it’s good know that you can get bubonic plague from eating infected rodents. For after the apocalypse, I mean.

  3. leelu says:

    Lay off the road kill for a while, I guess.

  4. Mr. Bingley says:

    That’s gonna raise hell with my budget leelu.

  5. Skyler says:

    I’ve been to Kyrgistan. Very cold in the winter, very pleasant in the summer. The second highest mountain in the world is in view, but being so high, it’s probably visible all over the area.

    The people were typical poor people who tried to rip off the US government and service members but the ones I met seemed pleasant enough. I wouldn’t buy a marmot from them, though.

    They have a cool national sport called Kyz Kuu, or “girl chasing” where a woman has to ride a horse at full speed past the starting point. Once she reaches the starting point, a man on a stopped horse is then allowed to start chasing her. If he catches her before she reaches the end, he gets to kiss her. If he doesn’t, then she turns around and whips him all the way back to the start. It’s rough, but kind of cute.

  6. Mr. Bingley says:

    That’s pretty neat, Skyler!

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  8. Crusader says:

    Skler I thought you were going to say they used the losers head for polo. Need to turn off Man Who Would Be King before I read next time…..

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