Outbreak in an agricultural area comes as impoverished country battles COVID-19 and food shortages.
North Korea has reported an outbreak of an unidentified gastrointestinal disease in the country’s southwest as it continues to battle a wave of COVID-19 that has further strained its already creaky health system.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said an unspecified number of people were suffering from an “acute enteric epidemic”. It did not identify the disease, but “enteric” refers to the gastrointestinal tract
In a photograph, leader Kim Jong Un was shown sending medicines to the port city of Haeju in South Hwanghae province to help deal with the outbreak.