Vietnam appealed for international aid to cope with a mysterious skin disease that has so far killed 19 people while more than 170 others are still not fully recovered otherwise.
Initially the victim simply to experience itching in the feet and hands, but then the victim may experience liver problems and organ failure.
Local media reported skin infections appeared in a mountain village in Quang Ngai Province, in central Vietnam.
The disease is thought to have first appeared between April and December last year.
Not to reveal the origin of the disease makes the villagers fear, says The Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper.
“There is one man who died last week, but not many in attendance at the funeral. We are worried about contracting the disease,” said villager named Pham Van Khiem.
Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long told reporters said it would seek the help of the World Health Organization and infectious disease experts from the United States.
Nguyen Thanh Long explained that the government has taken various steps to reduce the death rate from this disease.
About nine out of 10 victims of a serious liver disorder, but the disease is not contagious unless there is direct contact with skin injuries, local media said citing health officials.