At least 800 families are believed to be suffering from what North Korea has so far called an “acute enteric epidemic” in southern Hwanghae province.
However, South Korean officials say it could be cholera or typhoid fever.
The new epidemic puts even more pressure on the country, which has been suffering from sanctions for years, which is why it is battling food shortages and a wave of COVID-19 infections.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly sent drugs “prepared by his family” to the southwest of the country, in the region fighting the epidemic.
The country’s state media agency, KCNA, said the measures taken by the authorities included quarantine, “intensive screening of all residents” and special treatment and monitoring of vulnerable people, such as children and the elderly.
A “national team for rapid diagnosis and treatment” works with local health officials and measures are taken to ensure that agriculture is not disturbed in the key agricultural area.
Disinfection work is also being carried out, including wastewater and other waste, for the safety of drinking water and domestic water.
It was not until the spring of this year that North Korea acknowledged that it was facing cases of COVID-19. The country has refused to accept international aid for immunization.
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