Via The News International: 10 Bajaur Agency women die of mysterious disease.
KHAR: Panic has gripped the Bajaur Agency after 10 women died of a mysterious disease in parts of War Mamond during the last one week, locals said on Thursday.
Officials of the political administration and health department, who had confirmed the spread of the disease in Bajaur, said teams had been dispatched to the affected areas. The locals said that scores of other women were infected in Dabar, Badaan and Saro Shah Villages in War Mamond.
The tribesmen said that the infected women had complained of pain in the chest and stomach. Also, bleeding from their noses and mouth started minutes before their deaths. After a visit to the affected areas, surgeon Dr Zakir Hussain told reporters that the cause of the disease could not be confirmed. However, he said that an investigation had been launched to ascertain the causes. Senior health officials said that most of the infected women had been working in the fields. Locals said some of the infected women had been shifted to a hospital in Peshawar.
Bajaur Agency is a tough part of a tough region. At least one policeman was killed there while protecting a polio team last May. And in September, female polio workers refused to take part in a three-day vaccination campaign because they didn't think security was adequate.