Tiny Town, Huge Problem

A Mexican community of just 5,000 people has the highest rate of kidney disease in the world—and young people bear the brunt, not their parents and grandparents.
 
The scourge in San Pedro Itzicán has been linked to rising contamination around Laka Chapala—a key water source. In recent years, young people’s urine and blood samples have shown particularly high levels of pesticides and heavy metals.
 
Poverty and malnutrition make children even more vulnerable to the disease. One mother lost her 2-year old daughter who had limited treatment options because she too young to receive dialysis.
 
Mexico News Daily

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