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Cholera breaks out in Kandahar

Cholera breaks out in Kandahar

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Jun 16, 2011 - 20:09

KANDAHAR CITY (PANinfo-icon): Cholera is rapidly spreading in southern Kandahar province due to the hot weather, healthinfo-icon officials said on Thursday.

The disease has infected thousands of people across the province, Deputy Public Health Director Dr. Ahmadullah Faizi told Pajhwok Afghan News.

More people have suffered the disease this year, with 80 percent of them children of age five and below, he said. Over the past three months, dozens of children lost their lives before reaching hospitals.

Faizi linked the fast spread of cholera to the use of baby feeders and inadequate attention parental attention to keeping their children clean.

He said the disease was on the increase in areas where people had no access to clean drinking water. Medicines had been provided to all hospitals in the province, he added.

Cholera is a waterborne disease that causes acute diarrhoea and vomiting, and can be fatal if not treated in 24 hours.

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