The Riddle of What Is Killing Thousands of Central American Cane Workers

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Daniel Brooks, School of Public Health

“Why the Silence Comandante Ortega?”

That paraphrasing of a headline from the great Spanish daily El Pais introduced a story in the paper on the difficulties that Nicaragua has  faced in coming to grips with the death and disability wrought by a still-unexplained kidney disease epidemic…

Expert quote:

“Pre-symptomatic diagnosis is actually not that difficult. A blood test for serum creatinine is a very good screening measure and a number of companies in the region employ it.”

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