More than 50 children in Zabul province, in southern Afghanistan, have been stricken with a “severe” unknown disease, according to the Taliban-controlled media.

The disease that has affected 50 children in the Siori region of the province of Zabul has cholera-like symptoms, according to the state-run Bakhtar news agency.

A mobile medical team has reportedly been sent to the region to examine and attend to the sick children and prevent the spread of the unknown disease, according to Dr. Abdul Hakim Hakimi, the Taliban’s head of the public health department in Zabul province.

Cholera is a contagious disease that causes extremely watery diarrhea that, if left untreated, can cause acute dehydration and even death. It is caused by consuming food or drinking water that has certain bacteria in it.

Several people in Zabul have already contracted the “Cholera” sickness due to its spread.

The recent earthquake that shook south-eastern Afghanistan to its core threatened people who were affected by the quake with the possible spread of the cholera disease, and now this disease is spreading in southern Afghanistan’s Zabul province.

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