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Presence of Diarrhea and its Intensity due to Human Behaviors in Deh Sabz, Kabul, Afghanistan. Public

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  • Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world. Most of the people live in villages below the poverty line, and do not have access to basic health care and a primary education. Living standards are very low, and surviving day to day is a lifetime struggle. Most villages do not have access to purified drinking water, adequate and uncontaminated food sources, or basic knowledge related to the control of many preventable diseases. This research effort will analyze the correlation of bacterial toxicity contamination and incidents of diarrheal symptoms in Kabul villages. The hypothesis to be tested in this research effort is that high incidence of diarrheal symptoms correlate with the presence of bacterial toxicity in the drinking water, rice or milk. Selected villages of Deh Sabz district in Kabul were surveyed and rice, milk and water from different sources in those villages were sampled in the Summer of 2009. The identification of the diarrheal toxin producing pathogenic bacterial species, Bacillus species, in rice and water suggests the potential of a causative agent linked to the higher frequency of diarrhea in the Deh Sabze Khas village as compared to Qalae Akhundzada village. The human behaviors such as the low frequency of clinic visits at the time of disease, use of drinking water from unprotected sources, and use of nonpasturized dairy products suggest other causative factors linked to the diarrheal
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