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Peter Hotez, President of Sabin Vaccine Institute, and colleagues from Baylor College of Medicine highlight the mystery of Mesoamerican nephropathy which is killing young men in Central America.

"Over the last decade drug trafficking and violence have taken the lives of thousands of people, most of them young men, in Guatemala, Honduras, and elsewhere in Central America.  Far less known is Central America’s hidden killer disease that has recently been named Mesoamerican nephropathy.  Mesoamerican nephropathy appears to be an emerging form of chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology that disproportionately strikes young male agricultural workers primarily in the Pacific coastal regions of El Salvador and Nicaragua, but also in Guatemala and Costa Rica."
 

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