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North Korea

North Korea has denied reports of a bird flu outbreak in the capital Pyongyang.

 

"They said there is no outbreak and all the media reports about North Korea's cases were not true, just a rumour," Dr. Noureddin Mona, the [Food and Agricultural] organization's representative in China, said in an Associated Press report. Mona said the UN agency has no choice but to accept the official story. "We are in no position to make an investigation," he said.

January 28th, 2006

 

A Quick Round-Up of Breaking Bird Flu News:

* Algerian health authorities have denied reports that a poultry breeder in Oran has died of bird flu.

 

* A Japanese group helping North Korean defectors claims that a woman in Pyongyang was infected with bird flu last month.

 

* GlaxoSmithKline expects to have a new bird flu vaccine in production by the end of the year.

 

* An Israeli virologist believes she has found a new remedy for bird flu, based on elderberries.

January 26th, 2006

 

North Korea – Should We Start Worrying?

Reuters reports that “a steady stream” of official statements from North Korea on preparations to fight bird flu raises the possibility that a new outbreak has already occurred there.

 

North Korea had an outbreak of the H5N1 avian flu virus earlier this year. Initially it did not announce the outbreak at two poultry farms near Pyongyang, saying it was merely stepping up preventive measures. Within the past month, North Korea's official KCNA news agency has made five statements about its effort to prevent bird flu as well as covering the subject on state TV and radio.

 

"Of course all these reports raise questions about whether an outbreak has occurred, but there is no evidence now to suggest one," said Kwon Tae-jin, director of North Korea agricultural studies at South Korea's state-run Korea Rural Economic Institute. Kwon noted the North had to appeal for international help to stamp out its previous outbreak. "North Korea is on very high alert for bird flu since it does not have enough resources and adequate organisation," he said.

November 29th, 2005

 

North Korea Knows That Transparency Necessary

WHO Director-General and Korean national Lee Jong-wook has told a Seoul press conference that North Korea was well aware of the threat posed by bird flu.

 

"When an avian influenza outbreak was reported in the North last time, we told Pyongyang that sharing information with WHO and receiving our medication and equipment would help them," Dr. Lee said. "North Korea knows that it has to handle the case transparently."

 

In March, North Korea reported that it had culled hundreds of thousands of chickens after a bird flu outbreak at “two or three” farms, including Hadang farm in Pyongyang, one of the capital city's largest. It did not specify the strain of flu, but asked for international assistance. North and South Korean officials have held government-level talks on the problem. Such meetings are rare, and it suggests that North Korea takes the bird flu threat seriously. In July it was reported that North Korea had successfully ended the outbreak, which it said was of the H7 strain.

October 14th, 2005