Cholera outbreak in north-east Afghanistan; almost 1,500 infected
KABUL (AP) - A cholera outbreak at a village in north-east Afghanistan has infected 1,492 people, killed a young woman and left another 100 in critical condition, a provincial official said on Tuesday.
Mr Abdul Marouf Rasekh, a spokesman for the governor of Badakhshan province, said the outbreak began three days ago and was restricted to one town that has been quarantined.
When it first appeared in the mountainous village of Chappa in the Darayen district, Mr Rasekh said it infected 850 people but quickly spread until the quarantine was put in place.
"The village has been quarantined and they are all being treated," he said, adding that "treating such diseases is not easy".