Unidentified Skin Disease

The local Women’s Association in the central province of Quang Ngai’s Ba To District is striving to prevent another outbreak of an unidentified skin disease which has led to organ failure and death for 23 people.

Although no new cases of the disease have been reported since June, the women’s group has raised over VND15 million (US $ 720) in cash and collected two tonnes of rice to support victims’ families, while encouraging the local population to maintain hygiene both at home and in the community.

The first outbreak of the disease was recorded in April, with the primary symptoms of the illness including thickened skin on the palms and soles (keratosis), stiffness in the limbs, and ulcers on the hands and feet that look like burns.

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