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  • #31
    Re: Undiagnosed illness, 7 fatalities - Viet Nam: Quang Ngai, ProMED RFI - herbicide poisoning suspected

    And this discards the herbicide theory, which was getting weaker over the past week due to its widespread use.

    http://www.promedmail.org/mbds

    Published Date: 2012-04-16 22:04:54
    Subject: PRO/MBDS> Undiagnosed illness - Viet Nam (04): Quang Ngai, update, RFI
    Archive Number: 20120416.0858

    UNDIAGNOSED ILLNESS - VIET NAM (04): QUANG NGAI, UPDATE, REQUEST FOR
    INFORMATION
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    [1]Date: Wed 11 Apr 2012Source: Sai Gon Giai Phong [edited]http://www.saigon-gpdaily.com.vn/Health/2012/4/100698/


    One more dead from strange skin disease in Quang Ngai Province
    -------------------------------------------------------------
    An unidentified skin disease spreading in the central province of Quang
    Ngai since last year [2011] has killed one more person last week,
    bringing the total number of fatalities in the 1st fortnight of April
    [2012] to 7, said a medical official on 10 Apr 2012.

    Dr Dang Thi Phuong, director of Ba To District Medical Centre, confirmed
    that 4-year-old [girl] from Lang Rieu village in Ba Dien Commune died of
    the unidentified disease at the Quy Hoa National Leprosy Dermatology
    Hospital on [9 Apr 2012].

    [The girl] is the 4th patient to have died of the disease within the 1st
    fortnight of April [2012]. Since the beginning of the year [2012], 7
    people have died in the province from this unusual and as yet
    unidentified skin disease. Their deaths were caused by multiple organ
    failure, such as liver damage.

    According to Dr Phuong, since the beginning of this year [2012], 63
    people have suffered from conditions like stiffness in the limbs and
    ulcers on hands and feet, that resemble severe burns and flaking of
    skin. 3 patients are still in critical condition.

    Last year [2011] the province recorded more than 150 people with similar
    symptoms.

    While Vietnamese health authorities have yet to identify the disease,
    the Ministry of Health has approved a regimen for diagnosing and
    treating the condition.

    Under this protocol, mild symptoms can be treated with ointments,
    anti-inflammation drugs, and vitamins, together with a dietary regime
    and liver supplements.

    Those with severe symptoms, including liver damage, have to be admitted
    to hospital for treatment. The regimen also advises people to wash their
    hands and feet after coming back from the fields, and avoiding direct
    contact with pesticides and other such chemicals.

    A mission team from the Ministry of Health will arrive in Quang Ngai
    Province and Ba Dien Commune on [13 Apr 2012], to check on areas where
    most of the patients were reported, to study the cause and development
    of the disease.

    [Byline: A Vinh]

    --
    Communicated by:
    PRO/MBDS
    <promed-mbds@promedmail.org>

    ******
    [2]
    Date: Fri 13 Apr 2012
    Source: Sai Gon Giai Phong [edited]
    http://www.saigon-gpdaily.com.vn/Health/2012/4/100732/


    Bizarre skin disease continues to spread
    ----------------------------------------
    More people are reported suffering from stiffness of the limbs,
    respiratory problems, and miscarriages, caused by a peculiar and
    unidentified skin ulceration that has plagued the central province of
    Quang Ngai since April [2012], said medical authorities from the province.

    According to statistics of the Son Ha District Medical Centre on [11 Apr
    2012], the numbers of people suffering from the bizarre skin disease
    have increased to 50, most of them being residents of Son Ba and Son Ky
    Communes.

    Since [8 Mar 2012] to date, 3 inhabitants of Son Ky Commune have
    succumbed to the disease and 13 others are suffering from eye disease
    and respiratory problems.

    Medical experts suspect the victims are suffering from poisoning from
    chemical herbicides, as they were affected soon after spraying the
    chemical in cassava fields.

    The provincial health authorities have yet to determine the cause of
    deaths, but believe use of high contents of chemical herbicides have
    polluted the water sources in the commune.

    Residents in these communes use [Kanup 480 SL], a herbicide, imported by
    the Viet Thang Company in the northern province of Bac Giang. The
    chemical was offered for sale on the company's catalog on [5 Nov 2011].

    Samples of water, soil from cassava fields, and herbicide packages have
    been collected for testing. Preventive medicine centres in the province
    have warned people not to use the present water source but find an
    alternative source. Farmers must eat meals before spraying on fields,
    drink sugar water when experiencing symptoms, and visit a medical centre
    immediately.

    [Byline: Ha Minh]

    --
    Communicated by:
    PRO/MBDS
    <promed-mbds@promedmail.org>

    [These newswires update the situation of the strange and undiagnosed
    disease in Quang Ngai province. In the 1st 3 months of 2012, 63 people
    were reported to have this disease and among those, 7 people died. In
    2011, more than 150 people had this disease, and 2 people died. The
    pathological agent has not yet been confirmed though a herbicide has
    been pinpointed to be the cause of the disease. A specific herbicide
    brand was identified. However, this herbicide has been imported since
    November 2011 while the 1st report of the disease was in April 2011
    .

    PRO/MBDS would appreciate further information from knowledgeable sources
    regarding this undiagnosed illness in Quang Ngai province, Viet Nam.

    For a map of Viet Nam with provinces, see
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ovincesMap.png.
    For the interactive HealthMap/ProMED-mail map with direct links to other
    outbreaks in Viet Nam and surrounding countries reported on ProMED-mail
    and PRO/MBDS, see http://healthmap.org/r/2bxT. - Mod.QCN]

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    • #32
      Re: Undiagnosed illness, 9 fatalities since April 2011 - Viet Nam: Quang Ngai, ProMED RFI

      http://www.promedmail.org/

      Published Date: 2012-04-17 22:41:15
      Subject: PRO/EDR> Undiagnosed illness - Viet Nam (02): (QG) RFI
      Archive Number: 20120417.1103583

      UNDIAGNOSED ILLNESS - VIET NAM (02): (QUANG NGAI) REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
      ************************************************** ***********************
      A ProMED-mail post
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      Date: Fri 13 Apr 2012
      Source: Sai Gon Giai Phong [edited]
      http://www.saigon-gpdaily.com.vn/Health/2012/4/100732/


      More people are reported suffering from stiffness of the limbs, respiratory problems, and miscarriages, caused by a peculiar and unidentified skin ulceration that has plagued the central province of Quang Ngai since April [2012], said medical authorities from the province.

      According to statistics of the Son Ha District Medical Centre on [11 Apr 2012], the numbers of people suffering from the bizarre skin disease have increased to 50, most of them being residents of Son Ba and Son Ky Communes.

      Since 8 Mar 2012 to date, 3 inhabitants of Son Ky Commune have succumbed to the disease and 13 others are suffering from eye disease and respiratory problems.

      Medical experts suspect the victims are suffering from poisoning from chemical herbicides, as they were affected soon after spraying the chemical in cassava fields.

      The provincial health authorities have yet to determine the cause of deaths, but believe use of high contents of chemical herbicides have polluted the water sources in the commune.

      Residents in these communes use [Kanup 480 SL], a herbicide, imported by the Viet Thang Company in the northern province of Bac Giang. The chemical was offered for sale in the company's catalog on [5 Nov 2011].

      Samples of water, soil from cassava fields, and herbicide packages have been collected for testing. Preventive medicine centres in the province have warned people not to use the present water source but find an alternative source. Farmers must eat meals before spraying on fields, drink sugar water when experiencing symptoms, and visit a medical centre immediately.

      [Byline: Ha Minh]

      --
      Communicated by:
      ProMED-mail Rapporteur Mary Marshall

      [While chemicals may be involved, it would be nice to have a comprehensive list of the situation. The clinical signs seem to be expanding. Also, are there any animals involved? If so what are the clinical signs? Certainly water may be the source of the exposure and if the water source is the same as for animals, then we may be able to get a more complete picture of what is happening here.

      Maps of Viet Nam can be seen at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ovincesMap.png and http://healthmap.org/r/1jtz. - Mod.TG]

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      • #33
        Re: Undiagnosed illness, 9 fatalities since April 2011 - Viet Nam: Quang Ngai, ProMED RFI

        http://www.saigon-gpdaily.com.vn/Health/2012/4/100790/

        HEALTH Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012, Posted at: 11:24(GMT+7)

        Another succumbs to bizarre skin disease in Quang Nai Province
        One more person has succumbed to the bizarre and unidentified skin disease spreading in the central province of Quang Ngai, even as doctors struggle to find the cause of this strange ailment that has been plaguing people in the region.

        On April 16, senior doctors at the general hospital in the central province of Binh Dinh confirmed the death of 46-year-old Nguyen Van Dat, a native of Reu village of Ba Dien Commune in Ba To District in Quang Ngai Province, from this rare skin disease.

        Dat’s death has now brought the tally to eight since the beginning of the year. All the deaths caused by this unknown disease resulted in multiple organ failure, including severe liver damage
        .

        Previously, a mission team comprising of medical experts from the Ministry of Health had gone to Ba Dien Commune on April 13 to study the causes and development of the disease.

        They worked in four groups; each group responsible for testing the environment, the skin disease, congestive disease and haematology study.

        The group for congestive disease will study the daily activities and food habits of residents of Ba Dien Commune. Medical workers took hair and blood samples of over 3,000 residents; however, they have not yet come to any conclusions as to the cause of the disease.

        Since the beginning of this year, 68 fresh cases have been reported in Ba Dien Commune, each suffering from stiffness of the limbs and ulcers on hands and feet, resembling severe burns and flaking of skin.

        Last year the province recorded more than 150 people with similar symptoms; most of them natives of Ba Dien, Ba Xa, Ba Ngac and Ba Vinh Communes.

        At present, 39 patients are being treated at the Quy Hoa National Leprosy Dermatology Hospital, four of whom are in critical condition.

        The People’s Committee of Ba To District, in addition to calling for help from the Ministry of Health, has sent a request to the Viet-Russian Tropical Disease Centre and the Ministry of Defence, asking for assistance in finding the cause of the disease.

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        • #34
          Re: Undiagnosed illness, 10 fatalities since April 2011 - Viet Nam: Quang Ngai, ProMED RFI

          http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/s...s-doctors.html

          Updated April, 19 2012 10:12:10

          Fatal disease baffles doctors

          A boy with an unidentified skin disease with a doctor. The country's leading experts have yet to identify the disease, which has claimed eight lives since the beginning of the year.— File Photo

          QUANG NGAI — An unidentified dermatological disease has killed eight people since early this year, causing growing concerns among the residents of central Quang Ngai Province's Ba To District.
          Doctors have been left baffled as to how to treat or even diagnose the disease.

          Nguyen Trong Khoa, deputy head of the Health Ministry's Medical Services Administration, who led a team of medical experts that arrived to the province last Thursday, said that they were attempting to discover the root cause.

          We have dispersed medical experts to survey the area. They have been divided into four areas of expertise: skin-related diseases, gastro-intestinal health, food hygiene and general safety, Khoa said.

          This is the third time ministry officials have made health inspections. So far, however, they have failed to find any localised sources of infection.

          The last victim, a 46 years old, from Ba Dien Commune, a region with the highest amount of sufferers of the disease, was pronounced dead on Monday.

          According to local health agencies, 164 people have contracted the disease since last April, and 68 since the beginning of the year.

          As many as 63 patients have been treated in the Quy Hoa National Leprosy Dermatology Hospital, located in central Binh Dinh Province.

          The symptoms ranged from skin disorders to multi-organ failure, especially those involving the liver.

          According to health experts, the fatality rate is extremely high among patients who show signs of multi-organ failure or digestive haemorrhage.

          Symptoms include swelling and itching between the fingers and toes. After four to seven days, patients may experience thick or chapped skin, or even hair loss within two weeks.

          Nguyen Thanh Tan, director of the hospital, said that the disease developed quickly and was difficult to treat
          .

          As far as short-term prevention, he said that it was very important that local people be provided with a fresh water supply.

          In a related move, the local health department conducted a two-day examination of over 1,400 local people in Ba Dien Commune, which started last Friday, to diagnose and provide early treatment of the disease and to contain its spread. — VNS

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          • #35
            Re: Undiagnosed illness, 10 fatalities since April 2011 - Viet Nam: Quang Ngai, ProMED RFI

            This might explain the apparent incrase in fatality rate; perhaps earlier fatalities were simply missed.

            http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/soci...n-vietnam.html

            Last update 19/04/2012 01:02:01 PM (GMT+7)


            WHO experts to explore bizarre skin disease in Vietnam
            VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Health will invite experts of the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate the unidentified skin disease in Ba To district of Quang Ngai province in central Vietnam.

            "We have decided to ask the Ministry of Health to ask assistance from the WHO and the US Disease Control Agency to research the bizarre skin disease. International experts are very interested in this disease and they are willing to help Vietnam,” says Mr. Nguyen Trong Khoa, vice chief of the Agency for Disease Examination and Treatment.

            The Ministry of Health’s missions paid visits to Ba To district twice in last October and April 2012 to collect water and soil samples, as well as blood and hair of patients for testing, but until now they have not defined the cause of the strange skin disease.

            According to the Quang Ngai Department of Health, 166 people have been infected with this disease, 8 of them died. However, Ba To district reports up to 19 dead patients.

            At this moment, 39 patients are being treated at the Quy Hoa Leprosy Hospital in Binh Dinh province. Four of them are in critical conditions.

            Experts from the Ministry of Health say that patients were poisoned because they suffered from skin wounds and viscera failure, particularly liver failure.

            Local residents have got panic because of the strange disease.

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            • #36
              Re: Undiagnosed illness, 10 fatalities since April 2011 - Viet Nam: Quang Ngai, ProMED RFI

              Vietnam asks WHO to help identify killer disease
              The Associated Press, Hanoi, Vietnam | Fri, 04/20/2012 5:28 PM
              Vietnam has asked international health experts to help investigate a mystery illness that has killed 19 people and sickened 171 others in an impoverished district in central Vietnam, an official said Friday.
              The infection has mostly affected children and young people. It begins with a high fever, loss of appetite and a rash that covers the hands and feet. Patients who are not treated early can develop liver problems and eventually multi-organ failure, said Le Han Phong, chairman of the People's Committee in Ba To District in Quang Ngai province.
              Nearly 100 people remain hospitalized, including 10 in critical condition. Patients with milder symptoms are being treated at home. The illness responds well to treatment if detected early, but 29 patients have been reinfected, Phong said.
              ...
              http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2...r-disease.html
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              • #37
                Re: Undiagnosed illness, 10 fatalities since April 2011 - Viet Nam: Quang Ngai, ProMED RFI

                Vietnam to seek WHO help to diagnose strange skin disease
                At a meeting with the Ministry of Health in the central province of Quang Ngai on April 18, medical experts suggested that Vietnam should now turn to the World Health Organisation to identify the strange skin disease plaguing the people in this region.

                A team of medical experts from the Ministry of Health had gone to Ba Dien Commune on April 13 to study the causes and development of the strange and unidentified skin disease.

                They took samples of soil, hair, skin and various foods, to ascertain causes of the disease but all efforts proved futile.
                ...
                According to the latest report from the health sector, the province has reported 171 infected cases and 19 fatalities. Since beginning of this year, 63 people are being treated at the Quy Hoa National Leprosy Dermatology Hospital, ten of whom are in critical condition.

                Last year the province had recorded more than 150 people with similar symptoms.
                http://www.saigon-gpdaily.com.vn/Health/2012/4/100820/
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                • #38
                  Re: Undiagnosed illness, 19 fatalities since April 2011 - Viet Nam: Quang Ngai, ProMED RFI

                  While the outbreak seems to be spreading, and possibly accelerating, there is no evidence of person-to-person spread. Cases have been treated in Hanoi and Singapore without causing outbreaks there.

                  This could still be infectious, though, even if not contagious.

                  http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/p...n-vietnam.aspx

                  Strange skin condition claims 19 lives in Vietnam
                  Last Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2012 04:50:00


                  A doctor examines a boy at Quang Ngai General Hospital for an unidentified skin condition which has killed 19 people in the central province over a year

                  Health authorities in the central province of Quang Ngai Wednesday said 19 local people have died from an unidentified skin condition over the last 12 months.

                  This is 11 more than the figure reported earlier by authorities in Ba To District, the disease’s epicenter.

                  Le Han Phong, chairman of Ba To People’s Committee, said the earlier figure did not take into account the victims who had died at home
                  .

                  “We know about the deaths, but because we were yet to identify their causes, we did not report them for fear of scaring local people,” said Dang Thi Phuong, director of Ba To’s health center.

                  It was found later that the unaccounted victims suffered the same symptoms as those who succumbed to the disease in hospitals, Phong said.

                  Since it broke out in the district in April last year, 171 locals have been infected by the disease which produces ulcers on hands and feet that look like severe burns and induces stiffness in the limbs, the Quang Ngai Department of Health reported at the meeting.

                  Most of the cases came from Ba Dien Commune, where eight people died, the department said, adding that other cases were recorded in four other communes, and one commune in Minh Long District.

                  At the moment, 49 people are receiving treatment at the Quy Hoa National Leprosy Dermatology Hospital in the adjacent province of Binh Dinh, and the Ba To health center, it said.

                  Ten of them are in critical condition. In fact, the skin condition, which is suspected to be caused by the use of plant protection chemicals, can lead to liver and lung failure in critical cases.

                  “The development of the disease at Ba Dien commune is really complicated and critical; the numbers of new cases and recurrence cases are increasing dramatically,” Phong said. “Local people’s lives are being threatened hour by hour.”

                  According to Phong, Ba To’s authorities have sent letters to Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre, along with the Ministry of Defense’s health military and chemistry departments, asking them to step in to study the disease’s causes.

                  Meanwhile, Nguyen Xuan Men, vice director of Quang Ngai’s health department, said last October the Ministry of Health had assigned a delegation to Ba To to learn more about the disease, but nothing was found then.

                  Last week the ministry sent another delegation to take samples of water, food, and tissue from patients for further studies in cooperation with international experts, Men said.

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                  • #39
                    Re: Undiagnosed illness, 19 fatalities since April 2011 - Viet Nam: Quang Ngai, ProMED RFI

                    Machine translation:

                    http://tintuchangngay4.wordpress.com...-kh%E1%BA%A9n/

                    Unknown disease in Quang Ngai to the emergency alarm
                    20/04/2012

                    The signs of the disease "strange" on the palms rise like thick layer burns

                    Hanoi Vietnam

                    -

                    For many weeks, people chatted Ba To, Quang Ngai province are concerned about the appearance of a strange disease cause death. Vietnam sent a delegation of local health learn but have not found an answer, while Quang Ngai Health officials said the situation came to a serious level. Ha sent to Vietnam from Bangkok reports.


                    Unknown disease was spiraling out of control?
                    On the afternoon of March 18, the People's Committee of Quang Ngai province had convened an emergency meeting to find ways to cope with the strange disease appeared in Ba To district. Leaders of Quang Ngai Provincial Health Department evaluated the situation was serious and complex than in 2011. Mr. Pham Hong Phuong, director of Quang Ngai Provincial Health Department to let us know: Pham Hong Phuong: general and serious. Last year it took place in May this year but last year a little better that it happened quickly and out as quickly. This year is different is it a bit but then discharged into the central hospital in the end, in the fiercely that can not be controlled.

                    This year is different is it a bit but then discharged into the central hospital in the end, in the fiercely that can not be controlled.

                    Mr. Pham Hong Phuong
                    Strange disease began to appear from Ba Dien, of Ba To district in April 2011. Symptoms are palms feet, the toes of the patients with dry skin, thick horns. Some signs of fatigue, poor appetite, fever and numbness of the hands and feet. In more severe form, patients show signs of liver damage or may have complications such as pneumonia, septic shock, multiple organ failure.

                    The feet of a strange disease patients in Quang Ngai. Source vtc.vn
                    As reported by Quang Ngai Health Department, from April 19, 2011 to April 15, 2012 had 171 cases of this disease in five communes of the district, most concentrated in Ba Dien commune with 161 cases . From this year there were 7 deaths. 2011 is a case of death.

                    MOH has sent expert team of the health of Ba To district to check the actual situation from day 12 to April 14, but never has there been any concrete conclusions about the disease. There have been many theories put forward, such as hand, foot and mouth disease, or toxic chemicals, but are not sure. The medical experts also fear the disease could be related to one other serious diseases from Africa [?? -alert]. Local officials are worried not enough to cope with new diseases without the help from outside. Mr. Pham Hong Phuong said:

                    What disease ... it is not known, or like the color of the African fever, may be such that Quang Ngai but not in a position to do, including some in the central region is also difficult to have this problem . Currently, I also recommend if Vietnam did not find out they must resort to the World Health organization.

                    Mr. Pham Hong Phuong
                    Pham Hong Phuong: Hand, foot and mouth is not right, it's what the illness is unknown, or just like the color of the African fever, may be such that Quang Ngai but not in a position to do, including some in central region is also difficult to have this problem. Currently, I also recommend if Vietnam did not find out they must resort to the World Health organization.

                    According to Quang Ngai health, then it is time for this treatment of this disease, because not found the cause.

                    After the inspection trip situation in Ba To district of the Ministry of Health, local press quoted Nguyen Trong Khoa, deputy head of healthcare management said planned within a month, the group will complete the tests and the conclusion of this serious disease. If you can not find the cause, the group proposed the Ministry of Health invited the foreign experts with modern equipment and diagnostics to help Vietnam, a solution cure the disease.

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                    • #40
                      Re: Undiagnosed illness, 19 fatalities since April 2011 - Viet Nam: Quang Ngai, ProMED RFI

                      Machine translation:

                      http://www.bacsigiadinh.com/1561/Ben...uang-Ngai.aspx

                      DISEASE PREVENTION 20/04/2012 GMT + 7

                      -------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------

                      Patients 'strange' ... is not strange that in Quang Ngai
                      Bacsigiadinh.com - The mission of the Ministry of Health recently concluded survey of strange diseases Ba Dien Commune, Ba district, Quang Ngai, Dr. Tran Hau Khang, Director of Central Hospital of Dermatology, Group members said the first step is getting the inflammation of the feet and palms with liver dysfunction.


                      Delegation of the Ministry of Health for disease testing Ba Dien commune

                      (Ba To, Quang Ngai) Photo: Phu Duc.

                      The mission took samples such as skin, blood, soil, water, swabs, fruit brought to Hanoi in this test. Approximately 10&#37; of patients with severe liver dysfunction and was taken to the Hospital District and provincial emergency and intensive treatment.

                      Specifically, these patients have hemorrhagic phenomena, reduced blood protit. Due to severe illness last week should have multi-organ failure patients, and death. With lesion of liver enzymes, they often have symptoms of malnutrition, physical weakness, inflammation of the hands and feet skin and liver failure leading to multiple organ failure death.

                      Dr. Tran Hau Khang said the Ministry of Health also offers treatment with the different levels. Accordingly, patients with hepatic dysfunction on the line to take on active treatment. TS.Khang said: "This is a dermatitis of the feet and hands have liver dysfunction. The people called strange disease because so far appear not where this disease. This disease is actually very easy to cure: just grease soccer, scales.

                      Typically, 5 patients given Central Hospital Dermatology previous treatment regimens also comply with peeling cream, promoted horn is completely gone. For patients with symptoms of high liver enzymes need to rest, drink extra nutrition and liver tonic. However, patients with high liver enzymes should be monitored and treated in the emergency department. " This treatment regimen is the contribution of all specialties based on epidemiological investigation and the initial tests.

                      There are no final conclusions about the cause of the disease. It takes 1 to 2 weeks more to the test results of samples from the leading specialist laboratories.

                      However, the initial assessment of the health professionals, based on epidemiological characteristics, yet we find evidence of spread from person to person. If there are only infected through contact of broken skin disease appears only in the hands and feet.

                      Mr. Nguyen Trong Khoa, Deputy Director of Clinical Management (MOH) said the purpose of the field trip is to continue the overall survey, research daily life of local people, find out causes of this dangerous disease because this disease is relatively complex.

                      Science when he said the survey results will eliminate gradually, find cause to cure thoroughly. Professionals will find the cause in three main directions: environmental factors; elements in food by micro-roots (as the disease can be transmitted).

                      If after all the test results did not detect the cause, the mission will report to the Health Ministry leaders suggest the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of Disease ( CDC) to support technical specialists to find the root cause.

                      From early 2012 until now, at Ba Dien commune has 68 new cases, 28 cases of recurrence and 8 cases were fatal. There are 63 patients with hand dermatitis, feet are treated in Hospital Room - Surgeons Dermatology Quy Hoa. - TPO

                      dermatitis la, la news of the disease in Quang Ngai, the disease is fatal, disease which is not la, bacsigiadinh, disease is fatal, the health ministry, was the cause, public health

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                      • #41
                        Re: Undiagnosed illness, 19 fatalities since April 2011 - Viet Nam: Quang Ngai, ProMED RFI

                        Source: http://tv.ibtimes.com/killer-skin-di...tnam/5105.html

                        Killer Skin Disease Baffles Health Authorities in Vietnam

                        Marisa Krystian | Apr 20, 2012 1:42pm EDT | 2min:03sec

                        An unidentified skin disease which has killed at least eight people in central Vietnam has left doctors baffled over how to diagnose or treat the illness...

                        <iframe src="http://tv.ibtimes.com/embed/5105" width="660" height="367" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>

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                        • #42
                          Re: Undiagnosed illness, 19 fatalities since April 2011 - Viet Nam: Quang Ngai, ProMED RFI

                          I don't trust this report; previous reports have excluded HFMD (and HFMD rarely kills adults). Might the reporter have confused several outbreaks?

                          http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-Ne...1541334965930/


                          Hand, foot, mouth disease hits Vietnam
                          (0)|| |
                          Published: April 20, 2012 at 7:52 PM
                          BA TO, Vietnam, April 20 (UPI) -- More than 19 children in one Vietnamese province have died from a potent strain of what the International Red Cross calls Hand Foot and Mouth disease.

                          The disease broke out in April 2011 and progressed to more than 15,218 cases currently reported -- seven times more than last year's figure, the Red Cross said.

                          The disease began in the Ba To District of Quang Ngai province.

                          Le Han Phong, chairman of Ba To People's Committee, said at first authorities were aware of the mounting death toll. Another party official was uneducated as to its cause, Thahn Nien reported.

                          "We know about the deaths, but because we were yet to identify their causes, we did not report them for fear of scaring local people," said Dang Thi Phuong, director of Ba To's health center.

                          The Red Cross says the virus' symptoms include fever, blisters on the hands and feet, and sores in the mouth. No specific treatment exists for the disease, but people can cut down the risk of catching the virus by practicing good hygiene.

                          "Action is needed now to introduce improved hygiene practices in at-risk communities ahead of the usual two high seasons for the disease, in April-May and September-October," the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent's representative in Viet Nam, Bhupinder Tomar, said.



                          Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-Ne...#ixzz1sdKhV0dR

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                          • #43
                            Re: Undiagnosed illness, 19 fatalities since April 2011 - Viet Nam: Quang Ngai, ProMED RFI

                            http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/323407


                            Quang Ngai - A mysterious skin disease has killed 19 people and affected 171 others in the province of Quang Ngai, one of the most impoverished in the country. The resistant disease was first discovered in April 2011 before dying down and resurfacing with a vengeance.
                            The illness initially presents with high fever, appetite loss and a rash on the feet and hands, but left untreated can affect the respiratory system, cause eye problems, miscarriages, liver issues and multi-organ failure. And it has doctors baffled.
                            The disease found in two communes in Quang Ngai province of Southern Vietnam, was first discovered about a year ago, before subsiding and reemerging. Now within the past year, 171 people have reported disease symptoms and it has claimed the lives of 19 others.
                            According to the medical and societal journal of vitreo-retinal surgeon, Dr. DeLengocky, Le Han Phong, chairman of the People's Committee in Ba To district in Quang Ngai province, said that "Nearly 100 people are still hospitalized, including 10 in critical condition." Those with milder symptoms are being treated at home.
                            When caught early, treatment is highly effective, but people are also being reinfected. So far, 29 patients have contracted the illness more than once, which is believed to be spreading through touch. Alarmed, Vietnam's Ministry of Health has called on the World Health Organization (WHO), and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for assistance.
                            Although investigations are still underway, Vietnamese health authorities believe that the victims are suffering from poisoning from chemical herbicides. The onset of symptoms appeared to coincide with the use of one brand of herbicide used to spray cassava fields, an American product named Kanup 480 SL. The herbicide was imported by the Viet Thang Company and sold through their catalog in the northern province of Bac Giang.
                            Health officials are hoping to have preliminary results from testing within 10 days, but Phong told Thanh Nien News, "The development of the disease at Ba Dien commune is really complicated and critical; the numbers of new cases and recurrence cases are increasing dramatically."
                            Meanwhile, villagers in the areas affected are running scared. According to BBC News, Pham Van Tray from Reu village which is located in a remote area of Quang Ngai, said, "We have to block the entrances here to stop patients from getting out and spreading the disease [...and...] since we don't know what caused the disease, we will have to rely on our rituals and prayers."


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                              Re: Undiagnosed illness, 19 fatalities since April 2011 - Viet Nam: Quang Ngai, ProMED RFI

                              http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne...22-341228.html
                              Vietnam seeks foreign help after skin disease kills 19

                              AFP
                              Sunday, Apr 22, 2012

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                              Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long, quoted by the Thanh Nien newspaper, said the Ministry would ask the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention experts to help investigate the cause of the disease.

                              He said officials were taking steps to reduce the mortality rate. 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, media reports quoted health officials as saying.
                              Is this the only report of this being transmissible in any way? If so health officials must have been misquoted.
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                                Re: Undiagnosed illness, 19 fatalities since April 2011 - Viet Nam: Quang Ngai, ProMED RFI

                                Yeah, that's new. Nothing else in this thread has suggested H2H spread here.

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