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Vietnam Baffled Skin Disease

April 23, 2012 by staff 

Vietnam Baffled Skin Disease, A mysterious skin disease has killed 19 people and affected 171 others in the province of Quang Ngai, one of the most impoverished in the country. The resistant disease was first discovered in April 2011 before dying down and resurfacing with a vengeance.
The illness initially presents with high fever, appetite loss and a rash on the feet and hands, but left untreated can affect the respiratory system, cause eye problems, miscarriages, liver issues and multi-organ failure. And it has doctors baffled.
The disease found in two communes in Quang Ngai province of Southern Vietnam, was first discovered about a year ago, before subsiding and reemerging. Now within the past year, 171 people have reported disease symptoms and it has claimed the lives of 19 others.
According to the medical and societal journal of vitreo-retinal surgeon, Dr. DeLengocky, Le Han Phong, chairman of the People’s Committee in Ba To district in Quang Ngai province, said that “Nearly 100 people are still hospitalized, including 10 in critical condition.” Those with milder symptoms are being treated at home.

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