A measles outbreak has killed 15 children in Afghanistan’s eastern Nuristan province in the past three weeks, Hafiz Abdul Qayoom, the provincial governor, said on Sunday.
"Scores of other children are affected," he said.
The outbreak is for now isolated to one district, the governor said.
Qayoom said that although clinics and mobile health teams are working hard to deliver health services to the affected children, "there are some areas which are under control of Taliban, and they don’t allow health teams to reach the people."
The local government has started talking to the Taliban, through the mediation of tribal elders, to allow the health teams to go to the area, Qayoom said.
The Taliban have not yet commented on the issue.