Hanoi: Vietnam has asked the World Health Organization (WHO) to help investigate a mystery disease that has killed 19 people and sickened 171 others in central Vietnam.
Le Han Phong, Chairman of the People's Committee in Ba To district in Quang Ngai province, says that patients first experience a rash on their hands and feet along with high fever, loss of appetite and eventually organ failure.
He says nearly 100 people remain hospitalized, including 10 in critical condition. Patients with milder symptoms are being treated at home.
Mr Phong says the first case was detected last year and that the disease had died down until a spate of new infections were reported recently in one impoverished village.
A Health Ministry's investigation was inconclusive.
Story first published:
April 20, 2012 13:35 IST