New mysterious disease infects over 800 families across North Korea province

By Alma Fabiani

Published Jul 15, 2022 at 08:50 AM

Reading time: 1 minute

As a mysterious “unidentified gastrointestinal disease” continues to spread across North Korea, Kim Jong Un has reportedly sent medicines “prepared by his family”—whatever that means—to the country’s southwest.

Sky News reported that it is believed that at least 800 families are suffering from what North Korea has only called an “acute enteric epidemic” in the South Hwanghae Province so far. Meanwhile, South Korean officials think it may be cholera or typhoid—which are both endemic and known to cause epidemics in much of East Asia and the global South. Such diseases would be devastating for a civilian population as malnourished, famished, and nutritionally vulnerable as North Korea’s.

Considering just how little information the dictatorship shared with the rest of the world when it came to COVID-19 cases and deaths—on 1 June 2022, the country reported just 70 deaths—many expect this new outbreak to put further strain on the isolated North Korean citizens as they battle chronic food shortages and a recent wave of COVID-19 infections.

The country’s state media agency, KCNA, said, “The respected General Secretary Kim Jong Un has sent medicines prepared by his family to the Haeju City, South Hwanghae Province,” adding that the controversial leader also “stressed the need to contain the epidemic at the earliest date possible by taking a well-knit measure to quarantine the suspected cases to thoroughly curb its spread.”

It has also been said that on receiving the treatments, many people in the province cried. “The people in Haeju City shouted ‘Long live comrade Kim Jong Un!’ at the top of their voice, crying in gratitude,” KCNA reported.

“They warmly cherished the benevolent image of Kim Jong Un, who devotes himself to the people with his noble idea that there is no emergency more serious than the people’s pain and there is no revolutionary work more important than easing the people’s misfortune.” Make of that what you will…

The agency said prevention efforts included quarantine, “intensive screening for all residents” and special treatment and monitoring of vulnerable people such as children and the elderly. A national “Rapid Diagnosis and Treatment Team” is working with local health officials, and measures are being taken to ensure farming is not disrupted in the key agricultural area, it added.

Sky News further noted that disinfection work is also being carried out, including of sewage and other waste, to ensure the safety of drinking and household water.

The severity of the disease, and the exact number of people affected, is as of yet unclear.

Keep On Reading

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Are the Lemon Bottle fat dissolving injections taking over TikTok safe? Experts raise concerns

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

From breast cancer survivors to greenwashing: Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS nipple bra heats up the internet

By Charlie Sawyer

How did YouTuber Tana Mongeau become so rich? Stalker stories and messy relationships

By Abby Amoakuh

Nara Smith addresses Mormon religion as parodies of her lifestyle take over TikTok

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Woman born with two uteri expecting a child in both, a one in 50 million chance

By Emma O'Regan-Reidy

Stanley vs YETI: Which tumbler is worth the hype?

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Samaria Ayanle’s tragic death prompts theories about a serial killer targeting Black women in London

By Alma Fabiani

The rise, fall, and resurgence of the tramp stamp: How Gen Z are reclaiming lower back tattoos

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Olivia Colman reveals she’d earn a lot more money in Hollywood if she were a man

By Charlie Sawyer

M&S pulls Christmas advert post of burning hats after being called out by pro-Palestine supporters

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

My interview with a professional cuddler who earns £75 per hour

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Two duvets, one love: How the Scandinavian sleep method transformed my nights

By Charlie Sawyer

Republican lawmaker censured for saying mass shootings are god’s punishment for abortion rights

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s Viva Kennedy 24 campaign: A bid for Latino votes amid controversy

By Charlie Sawyer

What to do if your landlord increases your rent, from negotiating to appealing to a tribunal

By Charlie Sawyer

Millie Bobby Brown labelled as rude and disrespectful after recent interview confession

By Emma O'Regan-Reidy

How LinkedIn has managed to appeal to four generations at once, gen Z included

By Charlie Sawyer

Tracking down the mystery man who’s been punching women in the face in New York

By Abby Amoakuh

Trump to face trial in hush money case, as Fani Willis defends romantic relationship in Georgia case 

By Fleurine Tideman

Revving my engines: Can women find F1 drivers sexy and simultaneously enjoy the sport?