Another dies as skin disease outbreak worsens in central Vietnam

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A strange skin condition that has plagued the central province of Quang Ngai since last year is worsening, doctors said after six deaths were attributed to the mysterious disease in a month.

The Ba To District health center said Monday that Pham Van Dat, 46, was the latest victim of the disease allegedly caused by plant protection chemicals.

Earlier seven people have died from the affliction, including two who got sick last year. Symptoms include ulcers on the hands and feet that look like severe burns and stiffness in the limbs. In the worst cases, the problem has led to liver and lung failure.

According to local authorities, the disease, which first broke out in Ba To in April last year, is not restricted to the district’s Ba Dien Commune anymore, but has spread to many other communes and Minh Long District.

It was estimated that more than 200 people have suffered from the disease so far.

Worse still, the disease now has more symptoms such as coagulation disorders and respiratory failure.

On April 13-14, four patients at Quy Hoa National Leprosy Dermatology Hospital in the central province of Binh Dinh had fevers, convulsions, and sudden decreases in blood pressure and platelets, doctors said.

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As the key clinic admitting patients with critical symptoms of the disease, Quy Hoa hospital has admitted 84 cases this year as compared to 13 last year.

People with mild symptoms, meanwhile, can be treated with ointments, anti-inflammatory drugs, and vitamins and liver supplements together with dietary restrictions.

The Ministry of Health has assigned leading experts in fields like dermatology to the province to learn more about the disease.

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