Vietnam skin disease remains a mystery despite int’l help

Posted on July 1, 2012


The World Health Organization (WHO) and the US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been unable to solve the mystery of the fatal skin disease plaguing the central province of Quang Ngai.
According to a press release issued by WHO and Vietnam’s Ministry of Health on Thursday, early this month two experts from WHO and the CDC were invited to help local agencies identify the disease that has affected 216 people and caused 12 deaths in Ba To District since April of last year.
However, the cause of the disease, referred to as inflammatory palmoplantar hyperkeratosis (IPPH) syndrome by WHO, is still unknown. 
“We do no know what causes the syndrome, or its source of transmission, identifying the cause may take longer than anticipated or prove elusive,” the press release quoted WHO representative for Vietnam, Dr. Takeshi Kasai, as saying.
So far it has been confirmed that the syndrome is characterized by a chronic intoxication that can lead to inflammation and lesions of the hands, feet and liver.
Thanh Nien News


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