One death from unidentified disease in Quang Ngai Province

A young teenage boy from Reu Village in Son Ha District in the central province of Quang Ngai on March 11 succumbed to the bizarre disease that is plaguing the area.

A patient suffers from the unidentified disease (Photo: SGGP)

Dinh Van Thap, 17, suffered from thickening of the skin (keratosis) on palms and soles, stiffness in limbs and ulcers on hands and feet, before he finally succumbed to the disease.

Earlier he had been transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of the General Hospital in Quang Ngai Province, for treatment of liver failure but did not pull through.

By February, two more patients from Son Ha District including Dinh Van Hoan, 63, and his wife Dinh Thi Lo, 58, were hospitalized for thickening of the skin (keratosis) on palms and soles, stiffness in limbs and ulcers on hands and feet that looked like burns.

They have since left the hospital for their homes and have left their fate to God.

Son Ha District is the second district to report a death from the yet unidentified disease, after Ba To District. In 2012, Ba To District reported 23 deaths from the bizarre disease with 240 infected cases.
Since March, the district has reported 10 more cases, including two suffering from a relapse within a year of infection.

Health agencies have yet to find a cure or cause of the disease.

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By H. Minh - Translated by Bao Long

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