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Infected with Diarrhea

1,500 children infected with diarrhea in Afghanistan’s Takhar province

Hot weather, drinking polluted water and failure of families to observe healthcare tips were the reasons behind the spread of the disease in the center and districts of the province, according to hospital sources.

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TALUQAN, AFGHANISTAN: As many as 1,500 Afghan children have been infected with diarrhea over the past week in the country’s northern Takhar province, a local health official said Wednesday.

“Up to 1,500 diarrhea-infected children have been taken to the provincial hospital, where most of them, under eight years old, have been treated,” Hafizullah Atefi, who is in charge of the provincial hospital’s Pediatrics Ward, told Xinhua.

He said the disease was under control.

Hot weather, drinking polluted water and failure of families to observe healthcare tips were the reasons behind the spread of the disease in the center and districts of the province, according to hospital sources.

Two weeks ago, in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province, a total of 9,500 patients contracted diarrhea have been hospitalized, among them 667 diagnosed with cholera disease.

-Xinhua

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