In Shahwali Kot district of Kandahar province, in southern Afghanistan, 60 people have reportedly contracted cholera, according to health officials.
Four people died among those who were ill, according to Mohammad Haqbin, head of a health facility in the Shahwali Kot district, who also told that the disease is caused by drinking contaminated water.
According to the Taliban officials, the disease has also spread in Helmand province, also in southern Afghanistan.
There are already 590 persons affected with this disease in Helmand province’s Baghran district, with almost 18 deaths associated with the disease outbreak.
Officials from the Ministry of Public Health stated that the cholera outbreak has been recorded in the districts of Baghran and Shahwali Kot and has been associated with the consumption of contaminated food and unclean water.
There have also been fatalities related to the cholera outbreak in the Zabul province’s Sewri and Day Chopan districts.
The situation in Helmand and Kandahar provinces appear critical as local sources say hospitals are overwhelmed with patients.
The intestinal sickness known as cholera is brought on by ingesting polluted or contaminated water and results in nausea, severe diarrhea, and damage to the digestive system organs’ walls.