by Sheela Philomena on  March 5, 2011 at 11:19 AM General Health News
 N.Korea Gets Global Help to Manage Foot-and-mouth Outbreak
The UN food agency aids North Korea to deal with an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. The UN food agency has sent a team of animal health experts to manage this outbreak which could worsen a food crisis.

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 are not at risk, "affected animals become too weak to be used to plough the soil or reap harvests, and farmers cannot sell the milk they produce, which can severely impact household food security," the FAO said.

The mission, which began on February 28, will last approximately 10-14 days.

Source: AFP

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