CDC launches industry-financed studies of deadly kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

The CDC launches industry-funded research into a kidney disease killing thousands of Central American agricultural workers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Catharina Wesseling":

"… ncerns about the industry’s financial support for the CDC’s research. Catharina Wesseling, an epidemiologist who chairs the scientific group Consortium for the Epid …"

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 …"

World Bank approves loan to sugar plantation amid concerns about kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

World Bank approved $15M loan to Nicaraguan sugar plantation, even as industry is ravaged by disease.

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Bank":

"… . Yet only weeks after the health ministers issued their declaration, the World Bank approved a new loan to expand a sugar plantation in Nicaragua, renewing it …"

"… ion in Nicaragua is estimated to create 1,300 new rural jobs, according to World Bank documents. Over the last two years, the International Consortium of Inves …"

"… caraguan sugar plantation that received substantial loans in 2006 from the World Bank’s private sector lending arm, the International Finance Corporation. Sic …"

"… f the mystery. Now, for the first time since the controversy emerged, the World Bank has approved a new loan to another Central American sugar plantation withi …"

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 "dehydration":

"… th conditions including toxic environmental and occupational risk factors, dehydration, and habits that are damaging to renal health,” said the declaration ado …"

In India, verdant terrain conceals clues to a fatal kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Uddanam":

"… imbing coconut palms to tap into the trunks for wine. The region’s name, Uddanam, comes from a word in Sanskrit that means “Beautiful Garden” or “Par …"

"… rom a word in Sanskrit that means “Beautiful Garden” or “Paradise.”Uddanam’s rich terrain seems an unlikely place for the mysterious strain of illn …"

"… te of chronic kidney deaths among the community’s husbands, residents of Uddanam say they now have trouble getting married at all.“Other people, they don …"

"… Varaka. “They are not giving any bride or bridegroom to this area, this Uddanam area.”Uddanam’s victims have much in common with those of the unexplai …"

In Sri Lanka, breakthroughs, setbacks and a spiritual touch

By Sasha Chavkin and Anna Barry-Jester

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "illness":

"… s who do not suffer from diabetes or hypertension, the usual causes of the illness. The government and WHO call it CKDu: chronic kidney disease of unknown et …"

As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "illness":

"… He had chronic kidney disease, advanced into its late stages.Rajaratna’s illness is part of an epidemic sweeping northern Sri Lanka. The disease affects th …"

"… ches its advanced, deadly stages.Unlike Sri Lanka and Central America, the illness affects men and women roughly equally, according to separate findings by r …"

"… Brook University. The gender equality and geographic concentration of the illness have focused concentration on potential contamination, particularly in the …"

"… ar companies, demanding that the ailment be compensated as an occupational illness.The Ingenio San Antonio sugar plantation is the epicenter of the fight. Th …"

Support our new investigation into a deadly disease killing agricultural workers

By Ellen Weiss

Support our investigation of a disease that is killing workers around the world.

Costa Rica to study kidney disease afflicting sugarcane workers

By Sasha Chavkin

In Costa Rica, health officials and one company step up against a disease that's claimed thousands of lives in Central America

Excerpts from this story referencing "researcher":

"… that they’re actually drinking the solution — said Jennifer Crowe, a researcher with SALTRA, a network of Central American scientists that has played a pi …"

The weekly watchdog: Dec. 12 - Dec. 16

By Bill Buzenberg

In case you missed them, catch up on this week's top investigations from iWatch News

Excerpts from this story referencing "Costa Rica":

"… ly manual laborers in harsh sugarcane fields of El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. As the death toll rises, those in a position to fight the disease — the …"

Thousands of sugar cane workers die as wealthy nations stall on solutions

By Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene

Mysterious kidney disease has killed thousands of men in an isolated region of Central America, but why?

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… mean temperature in the fields was 96 degrees. Their report noted that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which oversees safety at U.S. workplaces, calls for 45 minutes of rest fo …"

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