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 "epidemics":

"… continents and posing a lethal puzzle worthy of Sherlock Holmes.The three epidemics have crucial threads in common. The victims are relatively young and mostl …"

"… nd toxic poisoning.Other common links offer clues to a possible cause. The epidemics affect sharply defined geographic areas that are stunningly fertile and sw …"

"… posure.”In a sense, researchers are waging a race against three parallel epidemics occurring across multiple continents. Yet the search for clues was slow to …"

"… toll. And separate groups of researchers — each chasing clues to kidney epidemics across the globe — have not fully explored whether they are linked toget …"