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Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Afghanistan: WHO Reports Over 450 Related-Deaths

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

A World Health Organization (WHO) report said that 452 people have died in Afghanistan as a result of measles and Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD), as the country deals with multiple infectious disease outbreaks.

According to a report released on Friday, October 28, 378 people have died from measles in the past ten months, and 76 more have died this month from AWD.

A new report from the organization that also said that Afghanistan is dealing with Covid-19, dengue fever, Congo fever, pertussis aka whooping cough, and malaria simultaneously also revealed the measles outbreak and AWD in Afghanistan, which has caused fatalities.

The WHO reported that 71,090 confirmed cases of measles occurred in Afghanistan between January of this year and October 22, resulting in 378 fatalities across Afghanistan, with young children making up the majority of the disease victims.

The disease has impacted every province in Afghanistan, according to the WHO report, but Badakhshan, Kabul, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Helmand, Takhar, and Herat were the most vulnerable provinces.

Another disease cited in the WHO report on the prevalence of diseases in Afghanistan is AWD, which is allegedly brought on by increased dehydration.

According to a report by the WHO, AWD has infected 204,116 people in Afghanistan since May of this year, of whom 76 have died. Children under the age of 5 make up 54.9% of those who have contracted the disease and 80% of the overall fatalities.

Many people lost their jobs as a result of the economic crisis that followed the Taliban’s re-establishment in Afghanistan, which increased the unemployment rate and had a greater effect on the Afghan population. Another element that has deprived Afghans of food and health is drought.

However, there are concerns that the number of deaths, particularly among children, would climb in the absence of adequate facilities and prompt treatment for measles and AWD.

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