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.

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"… back an effort by El Salvador to declare the malady a top priority for the Americas. The CDC now says it has devoted “several hundred thousand” dollars to …"

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.

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?

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"… second leading cause of death for men. In the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, the regional hospital had to start a home dialysis program because it was …"

"… ticides and pesticides.” Another study of kidney patients from northern Costa Rica — again from a sweltering, low-lying region near the Pacific Coast — d …"

"… ng men, between the ages of 20 and 40 years,” wrote Dr. Manuel Cerdas of Costa Rica in the journal Kidney International. “The most interesting feature of th …"

Methodology

A note of the data and analysis for 'Island of the Widows'