October 01, 2023

North Korea hit by “rapidly developing” flu outbreak: IFRC

Agency says international sanctions hampering local access to vaccines, however

Over 28,000 North Koreans contracted Influenza A in just one week last month, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Thursday, suggesting the country is undergoing a “rapidly developing outbreak.”

The IFRC has issued an Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) on the outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1), following the DPRK Ministry of Public Health (MoPH)'s announcement on January 26 that 81,640 North Koreans were suffering from the flu.