North Korea is reportedly sounding the alarm after suffering a major avian flu outbreak in several of its poultry farms across the country. The new crisis comes as the Kim Jong Un-led nation finally publicly admitted that it had discovered at least one positive case of the novel coronavirus — spurring a state of emergency.
“An outbreak of avian influenza led to mass deaths at eight chicken farms, including a farm in Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province,” a source told Daily NK.
“The incident was reported all the way up to the central authorities.”
As a result of the mass infections, authorities have released orders to strengthen animal disease control measures.
“The government ordered agencies focused on livestock in each province to sterilize… facilities and regularly monitor [the implementation of] disease control measures concerning livestock,” the insider added.
The orders do not just pertain to official facilities. Many citizens keep animals in the home as an additional source of income or food, and officials have been warned to monitor those situations as well.
“Given that many North Koreans raise chickens or geese at home, municipal and district animal disease prevention offices have been told to make sure [they also check animals living in these homes],” the insider added.
The penalty for failing such new regulations has also been increased, and police have reportedly been told to hand down “legal punishments” to those who committed “illegal behavior.”
Moreover, citizens have been warned that if a second wave of the avian flu hits their premises, the government will not treat the incident as a “simple mistake” but rather as a direct violation of party orders…