As of April 2012skin disease in the Ba Tơ district of Quang Ngai province, Vietnam. The disease is reported to begin as a skin rash, and in numerous cases appears to have led to the death of the sufferers through organ failure. As of 21 April 2012 , the disease was reported to have affected 170 people, and killed 19.
, multiple press sources reported an outbreak of an unidentified
The Associated Press reported that Vietnam has asked for assistance from the World Health Organization.
Another, separate unknown skin disease was reported from Quang Ngai's Sơn Hà district in early May 2012.
Poisonous heavy metals in the soil or toxic mould on rice have been considered the most likely causes so far.