Another Pandemic upon us? Unidentified intestinal disease outbreaks North Korea

Another Pandemic upon us? Unidentified intestinal disease outbreaks North Korea

Seoul-North Korea has dispatched medical crews and epidemiological investigators to a province battling the outbreak of an intestinal disease, state media reported on Sunday. Is it a new pandemic?

So far, at least 800 families in South Hwanghae Province have received assistance due to what North Korea has only described as a “acute enteric epidemic.”
The gastrointestinal tract is referred to as enteric, and officials in South Korea believe it could be cholera or typhoid.
The current outbreak, which was first reported on Thursday, adds to the isolation of the country, which is already dealing with chronic food shortages and a wave of Covid-19 infections.

Quarantines, “extensive screening for all inhabitants,” and particular treatment and surveillance of vulnerable persons such as children and the elderly were among the measures specified by state news agency KCNA on Sunday.
A national “Rapid Diagnosis and Treatment Team” is working with local health officials, and measures are being taken to ensure that farming is not disrupted in the key agricultural area, KCNA said.
Disinfection work is being carried out, including of sewage and other waste, to ensure the safety of drinking and household water, the report said.
KCNA also reported another 19,310 new fever cases on Sunday, without detailing how many of those patients had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Some say that this outbreak initiated after the gathering at a Military Parade and the hotspot of this pandemic is a key agricultural region in North Korea.



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