Acute respiratory infection outbreak in a remote Afghan village has killed 17

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is responding to an outbreak of “acute respiratory infection” in Pamir Kalan (Great Pamir) village in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Badakhshan. WHO says there are 97 cases identified in the village, killing 17 people.

WHO says it is coordinating its response with the affected families and community elders in the hard-to-reach village. Operating with limited resources in the area, WHO says the harsh weather conditions are preventing its response team to reach the area.

Great Pamir is situated in the northeastern tip of Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province near Tajikistan border.

Despite the conditions, medicines and medical supplies have been sent to the outbreak area, WHO said.