Quảng Ngãi skin disease outbreak

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As of April 2012, multiple press sources reported an outbreak of an unidentified skin disease in the Ba Tơ District of Quảng Ngãi 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.[1][2] As of 21 April 2012, the disease was reported to have affected 170 people, and killed 19.[1]

The Associated Press reported that Vietnam has asked for assistance from the World Health Organization.[3]

Another, separate unknown skin disease was reported from Quảng Ngãi's Sơn Hà District in early May 2012.[4]

Poisonous heavy metals in the soil or toxic mould on rice have been considered the most likely causes so far.[5]

Another outbreak of the same disease in the Quảng Ngãi area was reported in March 2013.[6]