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Rice aid combats skin disease epidemic

Update: April, 27/2013 - 09:58

HA NOI (VNS)- Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked the Ministry of Finance to provide 450 tonnes of rice to support residents in central Quang Ngai Province's Ba To and Son Ha districts suffering from a mysterious skin disease.

The PM instructed the province to support residents in need of the rice for six months, adding that the Government would extend the support period if necessary.

According to the Health Ministry, the mysterious skin disease that appeared in Quang Ngai since April 2011 resulted from aflatoxin contamination, a toxin produced by the fungus Aspergillus flavus, which can be caused by eating mouldy rice.

The disease has affected 226 people in the province, with 58 recurrent cases. - VNS


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