A cholera epidemic is spreading rapidly in the province of Kandahar (southern Afghanistan), several thousand people are infected, the head of the local branch of the Ministry of Health, Ahmadulla Faizi said, quoted on Friday by the Pajwak agency.
He said cholera has caused over the last two months the death of dozens of children. He said 80% of patients were children aged about five years. The doctor said that the main cause of the epidemic was the lack of basic hygiene in the Afghan families and the shortage of clean drinking water for consumption.
Access to medical personnel to the province is made difficult by the fighting taking place for many years in the area and the roads often mined.
Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by bacteria of the species Vibrio cholerae. Vibrio cholerae lives in water and contaminated food. The disease usually spreads in epidemic form, causing the rapid loss of body fluids and dehydration of varying severity, which can be fatal.