QALAT, Afghanistan, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- A total of 300 people mostly children have been affected by pertussis, or whooping cough, in Afghanistan's southern Zabul province, and two children have died of the disease, Abdul Hakim Hakimi, the provincial public health director, said Tuesday.
"The disease which has erupted in Suri district of the province has been affecting at least 300 people, mostly children, and has claimed the lives of two children over the past week," Hakimi told Xinhua.
He said an emergency team of health officials had been sent to the district to treat those infected with the disease.
The public health office of the province has asked the people not to leave their places for a few days to avoid further outbreak of the transmissible illness.
Pertussis is a highly contagious and respiratory disease, which is known for uncontrollable violent coughing that often makes it hard to breathe. ■