Vietnam: Deaths from mysterious skin disease

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WHO is concerned about mysterious deadly skin disease in Vietnam

In Vietnam, over 170 people suffer from a mysterious skin disease that resulted in the deaths of 19 people. The World Health Organization (WHO) was concerned, especially since the cause of the ulcers and eczema remains unclear. It is currently still unclear whether it is a viral or bacterial infectious disease or whether other triggers such as environmental influences are considered.

According to the WHO, the victims of the mysterious skin disease suffer from stiff limbs, body aches and ulcers on the hands and feet. The ulcers act like severe burn injuries, in which the skin slowly separates from the body. In addition, around one in ten patients suffer from acute liver disorders, which presumably also contribute to the fact that the death rate is so high, according to the speculation of the doctors.

Mysterious skin disease with high death rate More than 170 people in Vietnam have contracted the mysterious skin disease and 19 have died as a result of it. WHO was also particularly concerned about the high death rate. The local doctors have so far not been able to determine a cause of the disease, in which violent ulcers develop first on the hands and feet and later also affect the liver. Children under the age of ten are particularly affected. As reported by the WHO, the Vietnamese health authorities informed them of the puzzling disease. In the absence of details of the disease, no assessment by the WHO could yet be submitted. However, the reports indicate that the cases are concentrated in the Ba To district in the coastal province of Central Vietnam's Quang Ngai.

Health authorities are looking for the causes of the puzzling skin disease Given the spread of the puzzling skin disease, which has resulted in death in more than ten percent of those affected, Vietnam's health authorities are currently looking intensely for possible causes. The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has launched an investigation, but the results are still pending, said Dang Thi Phuong, director of the Ba To health center. "That is why we do not yet know much about this disease," said Dang Thi Phuong. However, health authorities believe that the potentially fatal skin disease is at least not contagious. According to Dang Thi Phuong, the Ministry of Health wants to promptly call in foreign experts for further examinations to determine the causes of the mysterious skin disease and possible treatment methods. So far, no request has been received from Hanoi, reports the WHO. (fp)

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