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    13 kids die of mysterious disease in Ghor

    CHAGHCHARAN (PAN): An outbreak of a mysterious disease, believed to be chickenpox, has claimed the lives of 13 children, leaving many others seriously sick in the western province of Ghor, officials on Tuesday.

    The disease spread to remote areas over the past week, Public Health Director Ghulam Nabi Yagana said. So far 13 children have died of the disease, he added, but did not put a specific figure on sick kids.

    Nearly a dozen children died in the Faiq area, which had no health clinic, he said, adding a health team had been dispatched to the locality.

    Doctors at the Ghor Civil Hospital, on the other hand, said two children had died at the facility of a disease believed to be chickenpox.

    "We cannot take our children to hospital in the city due to bad road conditions and economic problems," said Ghulam Mohammad, a resident of the Faiq area. "People don't know how to control the spread of the mysterious disease."

    Sakhi Kargar Oghli, the Ministry of Public Health spokesman, said they lacked staff. "Although the ministry has offered attractive packages to doctors, no one is ready to work in remote areas," he concluded.