Skin Disease Not a Serious Worry

Recent reports in the Vietnamese local newspapers as well international media have reported a string of attacks by a mysterious skin disease in Vietnam. A source from the Ministry of Health in Vietnam spoke to ScandAsia and referred to these reports as exaggerations of the actual situation in Vietnam.

As reported by CBS, Tarik Jarasevic of World Health Organisation (WHO) saying that the organisation is not aware of any reports of similar symptoms elsewhere in Vietnam. The reports would suggest that the disease outburst is localised and restricted to the Ba To district, which is within the Quang Ngai province.

Although there is no results showing the cause of the disease, it seems like it is a localised problem restricted to the Quang Ngai province which is in the South Central coast region of Vietnam, 883km to the of Hanoi and 838km north of Ho Chi Minh City.

The main symptoms of the disease includes a rash on the hands and feet and may progress to liver problems and multiple organ failure.

The Thanh Nien newspaper quoted Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long as saying that the Ministry would ask the World Health Organisation and the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention experts to help investigate the cause of the disease.

According to the same newspaper, about one in 10 of those suffering from the condition had serious liver disorder, but the disease is not transmissible except by contact through cut skin.

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