Mystery Stomach Disease Hits North Korean Province

NORTH KOREA IS RUSHING TO CONTAIN AN OUTBREAK OF A “MALIGNANT” INTESTINAL DISEASE A MONTH AFTER THE COUNTRY ACKNOWLEDGED IT IS DEALING WITH A COVID-19 OUTBREAK.

STATE MEDIA HAVE NOT DISCLOSED THE NAME OF THE INTESTINAL DISEASE BUT SAY NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG UN HAS SENT MEDICINES TO COMBAT AN “ACUTE ENTERIC EPIDEMIC” IN THE WESTERN PROVINCE OF SOUTH HWANGHAE.

ENTERIC DISEASES ARE OFTEN ACQUIRED BY CONSUMING CONTAMINATED FOOD OR WATER BUT CAN ALSO SPREAD FROM PERSON TO PERSON. THEY CAUSE SYMPTOMS SUCH AS DIARRHEA, FEVER OR CRAMPS AND CAN BE DEADLY IF LEFT UNTREATED.