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On the trail of a deadly disease that cuts down farmworkers in their prime

from Bloomberg

From Sept. 26: The tropical sun was beating down on Homestead, a city on the southern tip of Florida, when Valerie Mac, a nurse-scientist and occupational health specialist from Emory University, pulled her van into the driveway of a small vegetable farm. Its owner, Isodoro Gustavo, walked out to greet her, his arms caked with dirt and his face streaked with sweat and grime. Mac and her two research assistants followed Gustavo into his home, where they sat him down to take his blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature and instructed him to provide a urine sample. They also drew his blood, placing the vial in a portable analysis machine. more


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