17.06.11.Epidemiya cholera is spreading rapidly in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, is now noted for several thousand cases. Said the head of the local health department Ahmadullah Faizi.
According to him, in the last two months of registered deaths from this disease a few dozen children, RIA Novosti reported.
According to doctors, 80% of cholera cases from the total number of cases are children under the age of about five years.
The main cause of the epidemic, said Faizi is a blatant lack of sanitation in Afghan families using nursing dirty teats, inadequate access to clean drinking water, the unfamiliarity of Afghans with the elementary rules of hygiene.
Access to medical personnel in epidemic areas is affected by the fighting, which has long been not stop in the province, including roadside bombs.
Currently, all hospitals in Kandahar province in large numbers imported drugs to treat cholera, Faizi said.
Cholera — an acute intestinal infection caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. It affects the small intestine, causing severe diarrhea and vomiting. The patient with cholera is rapidly losing fluid. Dehydration of the patient often leads to hypovolemic shock and death.