Cholera Outbreak Kills 12, Infects 7,000 People in Northern Afghanistan

A cholera outbreak has infected more than 7,000 people and killed 12 in northern Afghanistan’s Jawzjan province.

The Provincial Head of the Taliban’s Public Health Department, Abdul Ghani Samim said that the cholera patients died on Wednesday night before being brought to the hospital.

“Around 7,000 cases of cholera have been reported across Jawzjan province,” Samim said, adding that Jangal Arigh village in the Mardyan district was the worst-hit.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people have been infected with cholera disease in Paktika province due to consumption of contaminated water. No deaths have been reported so far.

Last week, at least 20 people died and 120 were infected with the cholera disease in Helmand province, while in Zabul province hundreds of people were hospitalized and some with critical health conditions were transferred to the central hospitals for treatment.

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