A man in the southern province of Binh Phuoc has acquired a strange skin-shedding condition due to parasites transferred from cats and dogs, according to test results from Pham Ngoc Thach General Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam News Agency reported on Monday that the family of Van Viet Dien, 42, said blood tests conducted by the hospital showed Dien had four parasites: namely Entamoeba histolytica, Toxocara sp, Strongyloides stercoralis and cysticercosis.
The parasites have entered his lungs now, doctors at the hospital said. Treatment would be very expensive, according to Dien's doctors.
According to his family, the man had a pain in his ankle in July last year. He visited a private clinic and was given an injection of painkillers and medicine.
The pain, however, got worse. Dien also got a high fever and other abnormalities.
He was taken to a number of hospitals in HCMC but doctors failed to diagnose the problem.
He started to shed his skin and his face turned dark brown while his voice, vision, movement, and hearing have deteriorated.
Dien, who weighed more than 64 kilograms last year, is now 34 kilograms.