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  • #31
    Re: North Korea: Bird flu outbreak reported; human cases suspected.

    The problem is lack of infrastructure support for food distribution. It's a chronic problem for many poor countries. Afghanistan, which has just called for yet more international aide, is a prime example - it has more aide than it can possibly distribute, and yet people are starving. Ditto for Haiti, another country that has let food aid rot in ports because officials were unwilling or unable to clear red-tape for distribution to their people.

    If you do a Google search on 'why are South Koreans starving', you will find articles dating back to the mid-90s, chronicling nearly annual starvation reports from rural communities (larger cities do not lack for food in most years).

    As in Ethiopia (presently suffering from drought-related famine in rural areas as farmers await new crops to mature throughout the summer months), consumption of roots, plants, and grasses, and even bark and dirt as soups or stews, as a last resort, typically results in intestinal infection and death in weakened and malnourished villagers. Most of the deaths occur in young children due to successive seasons of food shortages.

    According to Henry Nimans Google Map, the purported outbreak falls on a vector that is consistent with migratory bird=borne infection.

    It's interesting that, despite these recent reports, South Korea has canceled most of it's AI watches, about a month after the final outbreak was reported in mid-May 2008. It would be prudent for South Korean agricultural and public health officials to quietly approach Pyongyang with offers to help monitor for H5N1 outbreaks. Relations between the two countries had appeared to warm a bit this past Spring.

    Recently reports of human infectious outbreaks, particularly among children, are likely to be attributable to common intestinal viruses, rather than H5N1, particularly in malnourished rural communities lacking proper medical facilities.

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    • #32
      Re: North Korea: Bird flu outbreak reported; human cases suspected.

      Thank You oracle, I could have not said it better myself. But as you know we really have to just wait and see what happens over the next several weeks.

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      • #33
        Re: North Korea: Bird flu outbreak reported; human cases suspected.

        NK Denies Rumors on AI Outbreak
        Friday, June 13, 2008 14:35:24

        North Korea has denied rumors that avian influenza is spreading in the country.

        Quoting a Pyongyang-based official from the World Health Organization (WHO), Radio Free Asia said Friday that North Korean health authorities notified the U.N. agency that there have been no cases of bird flu reported this year.

        The denial came in response to rumors that an epidemic suspected to be bird flu has been spreading in North Korean towns bordering China.

        A WHO spokeswoman in Geneva also said the organization asked about the rumors, but Pyongyang denied them.

        Reported by KBS WORLD Radio
        Contact the KBS News: englishweb@kbs.co.kr

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        http://english.kbs.co.kr/news/newsvi...key=2008061317
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        • #34
          Re: North Korea: Bird flu outbreak reported; human cases suspected.

          UNDIAGNOSED FATAL DISEASE - NORTH KOREA (02)
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          A ProMED-mail post
          <http://www.promedmail.org>
          ProMED-mail is a program of the
          International Society for Infectious Diseases
          <http://www.isid.org>

          Date: Thu 12 Jun 2008
          Source: Yonhap News Agency [edited]
          <http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2008/06/10/77/0401000000AEN20080610002900315F.HTML>


          North Korea has denied rumors that avian influenza or hand, foot and mouth
          disease (HFMD) is spreading in the country, a radio report said on Tuesday
          [10 Jun 2008]. The North's health authorities notified the World Health
          Organization (WHO) that there has been no single case of bird flu or HFMD
          reported to the authorities this year [2008], the Washington-based Radio
          Free Asia said.

          The denial came in response to a report published a week ago by South
          Korean aid group Good Friends, claiming that a mysterious epidemic
          suspected to be bird flu or HFMD has been spreading in North Korean towns
          bordering China. The disease has already taken the lives in recent months
          of many North Korean infants already suffering from malnutrition caused by
          food shortages, the group claimed, citing unnamed North Korean doctors in
          the border area.

          WHO has rendered technical and monetary support to North Korea to help
          prevent possible bird flu outbreaks since the communist state was hit by
          the deadly disease in 2005. No new case has been reported since then. Jai
          Narain, the director for communicable diseases at WHO's South East Asia
          office in New Delhi, was quoted as saying that the international body is
          working closely with the North Korean health authorities to prevent any
          potential bird flu outbreak and that Pyongyang has submitted related
          reports to the organization on a regular basis.

          The France-based OIE (Office International des Epizooties, World
          Organisation for Animal Health) also said that the North's latest report to
          the office included no information or reports of any bird flu outbreaks,
          the radio reported. North Korea has inoculated poultry against bird flu to
          prevent the spread of the virus from neighboring South Korea, according to
          the North's state-run news media.

          South Korea has slaughtered over 8 million birds since early April 2008,
          when bird flu broke out there for the 1st time in more than a year. But no
          South Korean has died of bird flu. HFMD, meanwhile, has struck over 10 000
          people resulting in 26 fatalities, all of them children, in recent months
          [in China - Mod.CP], according to Chinese media reports.

          --
          communicated by:
          ProMED-mail <promed@promedmail.org>

          [Previously, on 4 Jun 2008, ProMED-mail carried Yonhap and Radio Australia
          reports that a mysterious disease, diagnosed variously as avian influenza
          or HFMD, was spreading through certain towns in the border region between
          North Korea and China (see: Undiagnosed fatal disease: North Korea
          20080604.1791). The source of the information was the South Korean
          humanitarian agency, Good Friends, which reported that the outbreak had
          mainly affected state-run daycare centres and kindergartens, with patients
          showing flu-like symptoms before succumbing. Despite the current North
          Korean denial, detailed reports of a disease outbreak in the region persist
          (see: North Korea Today, No. 137, Fri 6 Jun 2008 at
          <http://goodfriendsusa.blogspot.com/2008/06/north-korea-today-no-137.html>).

          Further information from independent sources in the region would be
          appreciated. - Mod.CP]

          [see also:
          Undiagnosed fatal disease: North Korea 20080604.1791]

          .................cp/msp/sh

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          • #35
            Re: North Korea Denies Bird Flu Outbreak - June 2008

            Good Friends Newsletter - 143rd Edition June 2008

            Epidemic Alert
            Bird-flu Virus Emergency in North Hamgyung province

            On the June 9, executives of the Emergency epidemic control of the each provincial, cities and county level to discuss about the ?bird-flu? at the city of Chungjin.

            In the meeting, the executives made the resolution to dispatch epidemic control inspectors in the areas where the disease broke out and the vicinity rural areas.

            They are to observe particularly on the children patients with ages from 2 - 8 years with high fever and try to confine the area as soon as the ?bird-flu? is suspected.

            While in No.16 National Security Agency(보위부) Kwanliso (관리소;Political prisoners labor unit) several tens of magpies were found dead. Three days later, a five year-old child of the National security agent has died after suffering from high fever for three days.

            Two days later, two prisoners showed same symptoms and in the following day three more people have showed same symptoms.

            Presently, these people have been confined within the political prisoner?s labor unit and the disinfection efforts are being made with physicians, but the precise diagnosis has not been determined.

            Break-out of Bird-flu in Jungpyung County, South Hamgyong Province
            On the 5pm of the June 3rd, several birds have found dead in the hills of the Gosachong(고사총) Gubundae(구분대) at the Air-force Headquarter in Jungpyung county, South Hamgyong Province.

            Emergency epidemic control of the Hamheung city has inspected the area and determined it was the ?bird-flu?.

            The provincial government of the Jungpyung county announced the disease was similar to the? bird-flu?, instead of announcing that it was in fact the ?bird-flu?. Following morning, several numbers of birds were found dead in the Jungpyung County.

            The local government has designated the frequently used roads as the epidemic area and made a notice to the residents to look out for estranged symptoms from their livestock (poultry).

            There is no particular plans to combat the epidemic except the slogans that says ?Prevent the Bird ?Flu Epidemic? in most of the public places such as factories, public enterprises.

            Hand ?Foot-Mouth Disease in Jangjin County, South Hamgyong
            There was an outbreak of the Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease (HFMD) in Jangjin County, South Hamgyong Province.

            The hospitals do not have specialized treatment, but just to confine and observe for the moment. Parents of young children are not sending their
            children to kindergartens, but keeping them at home.
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            http://www.goodfriendsusa.blogspot.com/
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              Re: North Korea Denies Bird Flu Outbreak - June 2008

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              • #37
                Re: North Korea Denies Bird Flu Outbreak - June 2008

                [From ProMed - EDITED.]

                AVIAN INFLUENZA (78): NORTH KOREA, RFI, CHINA (HONG KONG)

                A ProMED-mail post http://www.promedmail.org
                ProMED-mail is a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases http://www.isid.org

                In this update:
                [1] North Korea, rumors
                [2] Hong Kong

                ******
                [1] North Korea, rumors
                Date: Wed 11 Jun 2008
                Source: The Associated Press via IHT [edited] - http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/06/11/asia/AS-GEN-NKorea-Bird-Flu.php


                Bird flu outbreak reported in North Korea, South Korean aid group says
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                Bird flu has broken out near a North Korean military base in the 1st reported case of the disease in the country since 2005, a South Korean aid group said on Wednesday [11 Jun 2008].

                The outbreak occurred last week [1-7 Jun 2008] near an air force base in Jongpyong county in South Hamgyong province, north east of the capital Pyongyang, [according to] the Seoul-based private aid group Good Friends; [it cited] the North's quarantine authorities. The case was 1st reported 3 Jun 2008, when several birds were found dead in a small mountain area near the military base, said the aid agency. There were no details on whether it was the H5N1 virus, which can be deadly to humans.

                South Korea's Unification Ministry said it could not immediately confirm the report. [North Korea's earlier denial was posted in ProMED-mail yesterday: Undiagnosed fatal disease - North Korea (02) 20080613.1867. - Mod.AS]

                Separately, dozens of magpies were found dead inside a political prison camp in Hwasong in North Hamgyong province, said Good Friends. A prison camp official's 5 year old child subsequently suffered a high fever and died, the group said. There was no way to confirm if the child caught a virus from the birds or to know what killed the child. The Buddhist-affiliated group that sends food and other aid to the North also said 2 prisoners showed similar symptoms and 3 others were subsequently diagnosed with an unidentified virus.

                Good Friends has previously provided information on the North that has proven correct but does not provide information on its sources, out of fear they could face retribution.

                The case prompted the authorities to quarantine people inside the prison camp and launched preventive measures, but they failed to identify the disease, said the aid agency. It had no details of measures taken. The North's outbreak came after South Korea slaughtered 8.46 million chickens, ducks and other poultry in recent months to stem the spread of bird flu.

                Bird flu was last known to have hit North Korea in 2005, leading to the killing of about 210 000 birds.

                --
                communicated by:
                ProMED-mail rapporteur Mary Marshall

                ******
                [2] Hong Kong
                Date: Wed 11 Jun 2008
                Source: The Associated Press via IHT [edited]
                http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/06/11/asia/AS-GEN-Hong-Kong-Bird-Flu.php


                Hong Kong to slaughter all market poultry in the territory after detecting bird flu Health workers plan to slaughter all live poultry in Hong Kong's street markets after detecting the dangerous H5N1 bird flu virus, officials said on Wednesday [11 Jun 2008].

                The action comes after tests showed birds infected in 4 markets, said Cheung Siu-hing, director for agriculture, fisheries and conservation. It was unclear how many birds would be killed, but markets were selling around 3500 birds as of Tuesday night, Cheung said. The move affects all retail poultry vendors in the territory.

                The virus has not been detected in samples from local chicken farms and distribution centers, officials said. Nor have any people been sickened in the latest outbreak. "We're closely monitoring the possibility of human cases and we will remain alert," said Thomas Tsang, head of the government's health monitoring agency.

                Health workers killed 2700 poultry on Saturday [7 Jun 2008] in a market after routine testing showed 5 chickens were infected with the virus. The government also temporarily banned supplies from all live poultry from mainland China and local farms.

                Hong Kong's last major bird flu outbreak was in 1997, when the H5N1 strain jumped to humans and killed 6 people. That prompted the government to slaughter the entire poultry population of about 1.5 million birds.

                --
                communicated by:
                ProMED-mail

                [In contrast to Hong Kong's exemplary transparency, North Korea's animal health situation in general, and the avian influenza situation in particular, are rather hazy.

                According to the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) World Animal Health Information Database (WAHID) interface, no periodic reports have been submitted by North Korea since 2005 (WAHID's inauguration year).

                An avian influenza outbreak was suspected in North Korea on 15 Mar 2005 (see 20050315.0752), and was announced officially in the country on 27 Mar 2005. On 7-8 Apr 2005, the national authorities officially informed the OIE about the diagnosed H7 outbreak (see 20050408.1016). The notification included the following statement: "Tests are currently under way to determine the N subtype of the virus". A report on the results of the said tests, as well as the source/origin of the outbreak/infection, is not known to us.

                The current North Korean denial of rumors promulgated by 3rd parties refers to human cases. Have cases in birds been observed? If they have, have they been investigated? First hand information would be appreciated. - Mod.AS]

                [see also:
                Undiagnosed fatal disease - North Korea (02) 20080613.1867
                Undiagnosed fatal disease - North Korea 20080604.1791
                2005
                ---
                Avian influenza, H7 - North Korea (07) 20050707.1927
                Avian influenza, H7 - North Korea (06) 20050425.1152
                Avian influenza, H7 - North Korea (05): regional cooperation 20050422.1126
                Avian influenza - OIE: International control measures 20050415.1085
                Avian influenza, H7 - North Korea (04): EU import restrict. 20050415.1084
                Avian influenza, H7 - North Korea (03) 20050409.1027
                Avian influenza - Eastern Asia (43): N. Korea (FAO/OIE) 20050408.1022
                Avian influenza, H7 - North Korea (02): OIE 20050408.1016
                Avian influenza, H7 - North Korea 20050405.0978
                Avian influenza - Eastern Asia (41): North Korea 20050401.0938
                Avian influenza - Eastern Asia (40): North Korea 20050330.0918
                Avian influenza - Eastern Asia (39): North Korea 20050329.0903
                Avian influenza - North Korea (04): conf. 20050327.0883
                Avian influenza - North Korea (03): susp. 20050320.0810
                Avian influenza - North Korea (02): susp. 20050317.0774
                Avian influenza - North Korea: susp. 20050315.0752]

                ....................arn/ejp/sh
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                [Yes. There were dead birds along with human undiagnosed disease. Last update from Good Friends, posted in this forum (http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...9&postcount=35), reprised same story dated back early May. Nothing new in the meantime. IOH]
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                • #38
                  Re: North Korea Denies Bird Flu Outbreak - June 2008

                  Map of the suspected epidemic area (from: http://www.un.org/Depts/Cartographic...ile/korean.pdf)


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                  • #39
                    Re: North Korea Denies Bird Flu Outbreak - June 2008

                    http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/...R?OpenDocument

                    Source: Good Friends: Centre for Peace, Human Rights and Refugees

                    Date: 13 Jun 2008
                    North Korea Today No. 143 Jun 2008


                    'Research Institute for North Korean Society of Good Friends, in order to bring news of the food crisis in North Korea more accurately and quickly, will increase its e-newsletter frequency to more than one issue per week. As such, the release dates might shift. Thank you for your understanding and attention to this looming crisis. We at Good Friends hope to be a bridge between the North Korean people and the world.'

                    Epidemic Alert

                    Bird-flu Virus Emergency in North Hamgyung province

                    On the June 9, executives of the Emergency epidemic control of the each provincial, cities and county level to discuss about the 'bird-flu' at the city of Chungjin. In the meeting, the executives made the resolution to dispatch epidemic control inspectors in the areas where the disease broke out and the vicinity rural areas. They are to observe particularly on the children patients with ages from 2 - 8years with high fever and try to confine the area as soon as the 'bird-flu' is suspected.

                    While in No.16 National Security Agency(보위부) Kwanliso (관리소;Political prisoners labor unit) several tens of magpies were found dead. Three days later, a five year-old child of the National security agent has died after suffering from high fever for three days. Two days later, two prisoners showed same symptoms and in the following day three more people have showed same symptoms. Presently, these people have been confined within the political prisoner's labor unit and the disinfection efforts are being made with physicians, but the precise diagnosis has not been determined.

                    Break-out of Bird-flu in Jungpyung County, South Hamgyong Province

                    On the 5pm of the June 3rd, several birds have found dead in the hills of the Gosachong Gubundae at the Air-force Headquarter in Jungpyung county, South Hamgyong Province. Emergency epidemic control of the Hamheung city has inspected the area and determined it was the 'bird-flu'. The provincial government of the Jungpyung county announced the disease was similar to the' bird-flu', instead of announcing that it was in fact the 'bird-flu'. Following morning, several numbers of birds were found dead in the Jungpyung County. The local government has designated the frequently used roads as the epidemic area and made a notice to the residents to look out for estranged symptoms from their livestock (poultry). There is no particular plans to combat the epidemic except the slogans that says 'Prevent the Bird ?Flu Epidemic' in most of the public places such as factories, public enterprises.

                    Hand?Foot-Mouth Disease in Jangjin County, South Hamgyong

                    There was an outbreak of the Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease (HFMD) in Jangjin County, South Hamgyong Province. The hospitals do not have specialized treatment, but just to confine and observe for the moment. Parents of young children are not sending their children to kindergartens, but keeping them at home.


                    A Gun Fire on Dandong-Sinuiju Food Smuggling Ship

                    In early May, three men died in a gun fire incident on the border of Dandong and Sinuiju. It is reported that the gun fire was triggered by an investigation from a North Korean coast guard vessel over a smuggling boat pulling into the dock. Panicked Chinese smugglers threw out two North Korean soldiers who got on board, and the surprised North Korean coast guard fired at the three Chinese smugglers, all of whom died instantly. Chinese authorities could not protest the incident because the dead were illegal smugglers. Tension in the border areas increased and the food smuggling operations temporarily stopped. However, since mid May, food smuggling operations have resumed again.

                    South Hwanghae, Can't Celebrate the Founding Day of Boy Scouts

                    June 6th was a founding day for the Boy Scouts, and thus, each school held spring athletic games, mountaineering, and other recreational events. However, in Baecheon, Ryongyeon, and Ongjin in the South Hwanghae Province, the schools did not hold any events because they decided that it would be too much pressure on the parents of the students who were all in economic distress.

                    School President, 'Can't Hold Any Sports Games While Watching Neighbors Starve'

                    On June 6th, the founding day of Boy Scouts, in Hoeryong, North Hamgyong Province, all the school were supposed to enjoy a day of recreational events including sports games. However, the Kangan Middle School did not hold any events. The school president decided not to do anything because he thought the events would put pressure on parents who were already in economic distress. Some teachers objected to the school president claiming that it might depress our students since all the other schools are planning recreational events. The school president replied, 'it is much better to spend money to save starving residents than to hold recreational events. I heard that people in Hwanghae Province and Kangwon Province are starving to death, and it is unethical to enjoy a day of recreation just because we are not starving. We are better off than them thanks to our Leader, however they are so desperate to come seek food here. It is time to control ourselves more than it is in any other times'.

                    Thieves of Unripe Potatoes Increase

                    It will be a long time before the potato crop will be ripe. But, thieves are already stealing unripe potatoes. Choi Kwang-chul (67) in Cheolwon, Kangwon, had all the potatoes in his field stolen by soldiers. This incident has taken away the last hope he had, which was to eat potatoes instead of grass porridge with his wife. He reported this theft to the town office. Town office found two suspect soldiers and punished them for disrupting the military ? private relationship. However, Mr. Choi was weeping saying, 'what is the use of punishing those soldiers, it does not recover my potatoes. I am so desperate, how can we, the elderly people, survive?' People in this town of Cheolwon, usually survive by eating grass porridge or else they will starve.

                    In Pyongsung, Armed Robbers Are At Large

                    In Pyongsung, the police are on emergency alert because it is reported that a group of robbers armed with guns and anesthetic have attacked people. They usually rob train passengers. A business man drank a juice they gave him and was robbed of his merchandise and 1,700,000 won. Some people ran into the armed robbers while riding a bike and was threatened with a gun to give everything they had to the robbers. Due to this rumor, citizens of Pyongsung are not going outside at night. The Party directed the city to report such incidents and the city started an investigation of these robbery reports.

                    In Shinyang County, Movement to Pick Herbs

                    In Shinyang County, South Pyongan Province, a movement to pick wild grass (herbs) to survive is in progress. The mountains and fields were covered by people picking dandelions and wild vegetables. They have started picking them because after the Dano festival (단오절; on the fifth of the fifth month of the year according to the lunar calendar), the toxin of herbs will be stronger. They think that herbs are better to digest than rice root. However, even after the Dano festival, mountains are still crowded with people picking herbs.

                    'Since Reforms, Even Dogs Are Eating White Rice in China'

                    People are voicing their complaints of the Party all the while pretending to be praising them. The general opinion is that it is not reasonable to summon people to every Party meeting in the pretense of loyalty reinforcement, while there is a food crisis that has been going on for over 10 years.

                    Koh Chung-duk (43) expressed a strong antagonism against the high officials, justice officials and military officers saying that they are only focusing on how to rob their people. He added, 'in China, through reforms, they have found resolutions to basic living problems. Even dogs are eating white rice(이밥) there. It sounds like a dream. When can we witness such a society?' He also said, 'it is because our officials can't reform our society, and therefore, we are living worse than dogs.'

                    100 -150 Thousand won For Taking Out One's Child from Farming Mobilization

                    The farming mobilization term for this year lasts for 70 days from May 15 to July 25. Students are mobilized for one month during this term and should work from 8AM to 7PM, which is very hard labor for young students. Some rich parents give money to teachers or associated officers (regardless of the amount of the money) to exempt their children from the farming mobilization. Officials or rich parents give money, in amounts as much as 100~150 thousand won to take their children out of the mobilization. Jang Cheol-Nam (49) who sends his child to Pohang Middle School in Chungjin City pointed out the change in social conditions, saying 'For teachers, this term is a chance for them to make money. It is easy to get a certificate of participation on various mobilizations or training sessions if you pay the right person. Every parent's concern and want to care for their children is the same whether they have money or not. So if they are able, all parents would take out their children from the mobilization, and so no one blames those parents for it.'

                    Forced Investigation on Suspicion of Trying To Cross the Border into South Korea

                    On May 28, one ship used for squid fishing was taken in Heungnam Port, South Hamgyong Province by a North Korean coast guard vessel. Five workers in the ship were taken on suspicion of trying to go to South Korea. They were handed over to the National Security Agency and have been under investigation until now. They are said to have stated that they have never even dreamed of crossing the border into South Korea. Their neighbors all expressed shock for why this would happen, saying 'It cannot be true. Their families are all living here, and especially Mr. Lee has a new-born baby. We don't know why this unreasonable thing happened. We hope that the misunderstanding is cleared up so that they can be released.'

                    This is the season to start squid fishing, but in the east coast region including Hamheung, the number of ships used for squid fishing is reduced compared to last year. This is because the authorities do not grant a sea admission certificate very easily. Regarding this increase in restrictions by the authorities, Kim Cheol-yeon (43) in Hamheung said, 'I remember that one family crossed the border into South Korea from Songpyong District in Chungjin City last August. Since then, their restrictions became stricter. Ryeo Min-goo (47) in Chungjin also said, 'In the east sea district, last year, several people crossed the border into South Korea by using the ships used for squid fishing. Therefore, many ships used for squid fishing were recalled in Chungjin or Hamheung. And those who do not have a clear identification are prohibited from coming and going to the sea and their vessels are recalled. Even now, they still keep recalling the ships.'

                    The regulation on the ships for squid fishing by the authorities was made by the special order from the National Security Agency. After the event of the one family who crossed the border into South Korea in Chungjin, North Hamgyong Province last year, the authorities have repeatedly revealed their will to blockade any attempts at border crossing this year. The guard posts regulating ships in the East Sea will pay more attention on the movement of ships for fishing. In addition, they regulate those who go out to sea by the amount of fuel they have for the vessel, and prevent fishermen from other regions from going out to sea. If a defector is reported, the chief of the corresponding guard post and those who worked that day must take all responsibilities. From this news, people in Chungjin worried that if they couldn't go out to sea for fishing squid, they couldn't make their living.


                    Good Friends: Center for Peace, Human Rights and Refugees

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                    • #40
                      Re: North Korea Denies Bird Flu Outbreak - June 2008

                      Thank you everyone for these posts.

                      I would like to remind everyone that we have no way of verifying the accuracy of the Good Friends information.

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                      • #41
                        Re: North Korea Denies Bird Flu Outbreak - June 2008

                        Originally posted by Florida1 View Post
                        Thank you everyone for these posts.

                        I would like to remind everyone that we have no way of verifying the accuracy of the Good Friends information.
                        Exactly right Florida, the only thing we can do is hope that the north korean govenment will someday admit to it.

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                        • #42
                          Re: North Korea Denies Bird Flu Outbreak - June 2008

                          [UPDATE FROM GOOD FRIENDS USA - ENCLOSED FILE: FULL DOCUMENT (*DOC FORMAT) - IOH, EDITED, EXCERPT.]

                          Special Video Footage Food Crisis in North Korea 2008
                          mms://jungto.cachenet.com/jungto/ch4/2008_nk-eng.wmv
                          (incl. interviews of the people on the ground)

                          North Korea TODAY No.144
                          ? Widespread Food Shortage Halts Construction in Mirubul Plain, Goksan County
                          ? Baechun County, Considerable Increase in People Dying of Starvation
                          ? People Waiting to Starve to Death in Ryongyon county, South Hwanghae Province
                          ? Students Mobilized for Farming at Kangwon Province Fainted from Hunger
                          ? 65% of the Residents in Seungho District of Pyongyang Survive on Porridge
                          ? Dukhyun Mine in Uiju County of North Pyongan Province Lost in Despair
                          ? Grass Porridge Poisoning Makes it Unable to Recognise Faces of the Deceased
                          ? Two People Found Dead under Ohbong Bridge in Hoeryong City
                          ? Eunduk County: ?Grass Porridge Made Us Nearly Starved To Death?
                          ? Yanghwa-ri Farm, Shinpo Urgently Released 3 MT of Corn to Mobilize Farmers
                          ? 2.8 Vinalon United Enterprise Urgently Released Rice
                          ? UN Food Organization Inspected North Pyongan Province
                          ? In Pyongyang, Some People Trade in the Alleyways
                          ? In Kangsuh County, Many Students Are Sleeping in their Classes
                          ? [Opinion] Urgent Call for Responses on the Famine in North Korea
                          (...)
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                          • #43
                            Re: North Korea Denies Bird Flu Outbreak - June 2008

                            Enclosed: Today newsletter from Good Friends. (PDF)
                            No mention of bird flu in animals and humans.
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                            • #44
                              Re: North Korea Denies Bird Flu Outbreak - June 2008

                              Report on famine situation, 2008: Good Friends Slideshow (attached, PDF). With data on mortality for malnutrition / diseases / outbreaks combined.
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                                Re: North Korea Denies Bird Flu Outbreak - June 2008

                                N. Korea denies reports on bird flu outbreak

                                By Shim Sun-ah
                                SEOUL, June 19 (Yonhap) --

                                North Korea on Thursday denied as "ridiculous" reports that a new case of bird flu has broken out in the country for the first time since 2005.

                                South Korean aid group Good Friends said on Wednesday last week that the outbreak was confirmed by local North Korean quarantine officials after several birds were found dead near a military base in Jongpyong county in South Hamgyong Province near the east coast.
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                                http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/nort...007000315.HTML
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