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Malaria outbreaks reported in eastern Afghanistan.

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 5 Kyodo

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Monday in Islamabad that it had received ''unconfirmed reports'' about malaria outbreaks in eastern Afghanistan.

The reports indicated that at least 14 people have died of the disease, which is transmitted by mosquitos bites it said.

UNICEF has provided medical kits to its nongovernmental organization partners, it said.

According to the World Health Organization, malaria is endemic throughout Afghanistan in all areas below 1,500 meters, putting large numbers of people at risk, particularly in the rice-growing areas in the northern and eastern parts of the countries.

Malaria peaks there in October to November.

There are an estimated 300,000 to 450,000 cases of potentially fatal falciparum malaria in Afghanistan annually, including in urban areas such as Kabul and Jalalabad. Mobile populations with low resistance are even more vulnerable.
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