Sugar cane workers are dying en masse from kidney failure in Nicaragua. So far, studies -- funded by the sugar cane industry -- have been (surprise, surprise) inconclusive.
Over 20,000 people throughout Central America have died in the past decade from chronic kidney disease of unknown causes, or CKDu. This disease is so poorly understood that it does not even have a universally agreed-upon name.
Heat stress, chronic dehydration, toxic chemicals, painkillers, sugar consumption and even volcanic ash have all been suggested as possible causes of CKDu. But the fact is, communities in Nicaragua's sugar cane heartland, and most of all, Chichigalpa, where the country’s largest sugar mill is located -- have especially been devastated.
We need to find out the cause and stop so many people from dying.
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