North Korea deploys medical personnel as hundreds suffer intestinal disease

South Korean officials say it could be cholera or typhoid. (Representative)

Seoul:

State media reported on Sunday that North Korea has sent medical teams and epidemiological investigators to a province battling an outbreak of intestinal disease.

So far, at least 800 families in South Hwanghae province have received aid from what North Korea has simply called an “acute enteric epidemic.”

Enteric refers to the gastrointestinal tract and South Korean officials say it could be cholera or typhoid.

The new outbreak, first reported on Thursday, puts further pressure on the isolated country as it grapples with chronic food shortages and a wave of COVID-19 infections.

State news agency KCNA on Sunday called for detailed containment efforts, including quarantine, “intense screening of all residents,” and special treatment and surveillance of vulnerable people such as children and the elderly.

KCNA said 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 key agricultural areas.

The report said that disinfection work, including sewage and other waste, is being carried out to ensure the safety of drinking and domestic water.

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