Health official: Over 100 Afghan schoolchildren fall ill

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Posted: Apr 11, 2015 9:05 AM
Health official: Over 100 Afghan schoolchildren fall ill

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — More than 100 students from the same school in Afghanistan's western Herat province have been hospitalized after falling ill, a health official said Saturday.

Rafiq Sherzai, a doctor at Herat's regional hospital, said the students were between 7 and 12 years old and all attended the Fatiha School in the city of Herat, the provincial capital. Sherzai said all were in good condition. He did not offer a cause for the mass illness.

Abdul Raouf Ahmadi, a spokesman for Herat's provincial police chief, said only a dozen students were affected. He blamed the children's illnesses on eating "expired beans." He said police were investigating the incident.

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Food poisoning and waterborne illnesses remain prevalent in Afghanistan, which has suffered through decades of war and has limited public infrastructure.