New urgency targets mysterious kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

In El Salvador, health ministries formally recognize a kidney disease killing laborers — and vow deeper scrutiny of its causes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sri Lanka":

"… gricultural workers along Central America’s Pacific Coast, as well as in Sri Lanka and India. Scientists have yet to definitively uncover the cause of the ma …"

"… years in which researchers battling parallel epidemics in Central America, Sri Lanka and India failed to compare results, Sri Lanka sent an official delegation …"

"… idemics in Central America, Sri Lanka and India failed to compare results, Sri Lanka sent an official delegation to El Salvador and urged Central America to co …"

"… gical evidence to say this is the same disease,” said Channa Jayasumana, Sri Lanka’s delegate in El Salvador. The disease has felled thousands. In Sri Lan …"

Herbicide ban on hold in Sri Lanka, as source of deadly kidney disease remains elusive

By Sasha Chavkin

After Sri Lanka's announced ban on a Monsanto herbicide, opponents challenged the action and convinced the president to put the ban on hold.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Brazil":

"… lect Sánchez-Cerén’s office did not respond to ICIJ’s inquiries. In Brazil, a prosecutor recently requested a ban on glyphosate and other agrichemica …"

"… ully reviewed their health and safety effects. Prosecutor Anselmo Lopes of Brazil’s Federal District told ICIJ that his request was unrelated to chronic k …"

"… kidney disease among agricultural workers, which has not been reported in Brazil. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it is now engaged in a reg …"

"… ey health effects” in its study of scientific literature. The U.S., like Brazil, has not had reports of unexplained kidney failure among agricultural work …"

Sri Lanka bans Monsanto herbicide citing potential link to deadly kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Sri Lanka orders ban on glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup, citing kidney disease outbreak; Monsanto said the evidence is unproven.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sri Lanka":

"… e chemical may be linked to a kidney disease killing agricultural workers, Sri Lanka this week ordered a ban on glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto …"

"… rbicide Roundup. The move comes weeks after publication of a new study in Sri Lanka suggesting glyphosate as the leading culprit for the illness. The paper di …"

"… t has killed tens of thousands of agricultural workers in Central America, Sri Lanka and India. The malady is suspected by scientists to be caused by a combina …"

"… its origins have yet to be fully uncovered. Wednesday’s announcement by Sri Lanka was the most dramatic measure taken to date to combat the illness. The leg …"

Countries target pesticides as suspected link to rare kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Governments from El Salvador to Sri Lanka explore the role of pesticides in a malady killing laborers, as other scientists eye heat stress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sri Lanka":

"… w is signed by Salvadorean president Mauricio Funes, the country will join Sri Lanka as the second nation to ban top-selling pesticides for a potential link to …"

"… agricultural workers along Central America’s Pacific Coast, and in Sri Lanka and India. A recent study estimated that the ailment has killed more than …"

"… c.” If El Salvador approves the ban, it will follow in the footsteps of Sri Lanka. This spring the South Asian island nation banned several pesticides follo …"

"… elieved to be the source of the contamination, and the chemicals banned in Sri Lanka overlap but do not match fully with those targeted in El Salvador. On Aug …"