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Sri Lankan Health Ministry Prioritizes Chronic Kidney Disease With Unknown Cause

Associated Press: Mystery kidney killer spreads fear in Sri Lanka
“…The [mysterious kidney] disease [in Sri Lanka’s rice-growing region] has killed up to 20,000 people over the past 20 years and sickened another 70,000 to 400,000. … No cases have been detected elsewhere in the country, and research has failed to determine the cause…” (Mason, 1/18).

Associated Press: New Sri Lankan health minister vows to help kidney patients
“Sri Lanka’s new health minister said a mystery kidney disease that has ravaged farmers in part of the country for two decades will be given top priority under the newly elected government…” (Mallawarachi, 1/20).

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