Sri Lanka

    A steep rise in kidney disease in farming communities in Sri Lanka has baffled doctors and researchers struggling to pinpoint the factors making people in several rice-growing districts vulnerable to the debilitating illness. Medical researchers say the numbers have been steadily climbing since the high prevalence of the disease was first noted eight years ago in North Central Province, where over half the population is engaged in agriculture. Besides North Central Province, the ailment is prevalent in the North-Western, the Eastern and Uva provinces. (IRIN)

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