Thousands ill from mysterious kidney disease, but what’s the cause?

"Increasingly, the finger is being pointed at water," said Herath Manthrithilake, head of Sri Lanka programs at IWMI.

For decades, thousands of farmers in tropical hot spots around the world have suffered from a disease that destroys their kidneys. Their eyes can become yellow, their bodies swollen and their muscles continuously cramping as their kidneys become irreversibly damaged — until they die.

These are some of the end-stage symptoms of chronic kidney disease, known as CKD, a painful disease typically resulting from severe hypertension or diabetes, the most common causes of the condition worldwide.

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