Scarlet Fever Outbreak in North Korea

A scarlet fever breakout in North Korea has led to confinement measure by the government authority. Considered a benign disease in South Korea, to the improverished and malnutritioned residents of North Korea this disease can be proven fatal.

Loading penicillin onto truck in China

Loading penicillin onto truck in China

As people are escaping the confinement and moving about the country, the disease is being spread out of control. Gena Park, the director of International programs for JTS, was dispatched to China on November 23rd to purchase 400,000 units of penicillin to be sent immediately to North Korea.

On November 30, 100,000 units were sent to Hyesan, 200,000 units were shipped to Pyongan province and on December 1st, the remaining 100,000 units were sent to Chungjin and Gilju.

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