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Is H1N1 Outbreak in DPRK Contained?

Yonhap reports that the World Health Organization is saying the nine (9) identified cases of A/H1N1 Influenza have recovered and that there are no further reports of any other outbreaks in the DPRK.  According to the report: “The country acknowledged nine cases of the highly infectious disease on Dec. 9, but no additional reports have come out of the country. Westman said the first of the patients, aged between 11 and 14, was discovered on Nov. 25 and the last case appeared on Dec. 4. Three of the confirmed infections were in Pyongyang, with the remaining six in Sinuiju on the border with China.”  Westman refers to WHO’s Suzanne Westman.  Westman notes one contributing factor is the “good surveillance system in place.”  It seems central control is not completely dead, after all.

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This article was written on 15 Dec 2009, and is filled under Ministry of Public Health, population control.

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