Mystery Disease Claims Thousands In Central America

February 12, 2012 by staff 

Mystery Disease Claims Thousands In Central America, A mysterious epidemic killing over 24,000 people since the year 2000 and responsible for thousands of others to develop chronic kidney disease in Central America may be due to dehydration health experts are saying.

A large majority of the epidemic’s victims are manual laborers and sugar cane field workers, which leads some scientists to speculate the cause may be due to hard work in the fields in very hot weather, heat stress, and not staying properly hydrated.

According to Grand Rapids’ Spectrum Health Hospital, dehydration is a life-threatening emergency. It can be caused, quite simply, by not drinking enough water, coupled with losing too much fluid by excessive sweating and urine output.

There may be other causes for this epidemic such as the use of agricultural chemicals, however, to date nothing points in that direction.

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