04 Mar '11, 5pm

UN helps North Korea deal with foot-and-mouth outbreak: ROME : The UN food agency has sent a team of animal heal...

UN helps North Korea deal with foot-and-mouth outbreak: ROME : The UN food agency has sent a team of animal heal...

ROME : The UN food agency has sent a team of animal health experts to North Korea to help manage an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that could worsen a food crisis, the agency said in a statement Friday. The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) sent veterinarians specialising in foot-and-mouth to assess the situation, help contain outbreaks and stop it spreading. North Korea confirmed last month that it had been hit by the highly contagious disease, which experts believe started at the end of last year. In February, the Rome-based FAO said it had received a formal request for assistance from the secretive communist country, which it said had suffered at least 48 outbreaks, affecting thousands of animals. North Korea suffers persistent severe shortages of food likely to be worsened by livestock disease. Although humans a...

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