Although 10 missions have been sent to the epicenter of the diseases, Ba To District, no
conclusion has been drawn about the skin condition that has so far killed at least 21 and infected more 230 people.
Several patients have recovered well from their illness at hospitals, but the condition has recurred after their discharge, often more seriously than the first time, according to an unnamed official from the Quang Ngai People’s Committee.
There has been a sudden increase in the number of patients in recent days because health officials have identified an additional 19 people infected with the disease during an inspection of the locality, according to the latest report from the province’s Health Department.
Dang Thi Phuong, director of the Ba To District’s healthcare centre, said most of the infected people chose not to go to the hospital, making it difficult to know the exact number of patients suffering the disease.
The disease has relapsed in nearly 50 per cent of the total number of infected cases. Among the 21 fatalities, at least 10 people had the disease recur with serious complications including multiple organ failure.
After contracting the disease, most patients choose to stay at home because they do not believe that their illness can be treated well in hospitals, the report says.
The Quy Hoa National Leprosy and Dermatology Hospital has been the favourite choice of residents so far, but several patients have had to be transferred to other hospitals after developing serious symptoms like organ failure.