Cholera Outbreak Infects Hundreds In Afghan Village

KABUL, Afghanistan (August 13, 2013)--A cholera outbreak in a village in northeast Afghanistan has infected nearly 1,500 people, killed a young woman and left another 100 in critical condition, a provincial official said.

The outbreak began three days ago and was restricted to one town that has been quarantined the spokesman for the governor of Badakhshan province said.

The infection has been traced to a single spring of water, he said.

Three-dozen of the most seriously ill patients were taken to a hospital in the provincial capital, he said.

Afghanistan has had cholera outbreaks in the past.

The World Health Organization says cholera is virulent but mortality rates are low if treated quickly.

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