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A degenerative, fatal disease affecting the central nervous system of the affected individual, manifesting signs such as involuntary, mirthless laughing. The cause of the disease is hypothesized to be a prion or a slow-acting virus.


Kuru is a sponfigorm encephalopathy that may be caused by an agent resembling scrapie of sheep. This disease was endemic among members of the Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea. The tribe is practicing ritual cannibalism, and this practice is presumed to be the mechanism involved in the transmission of this disease.

Word origin: Papua New Guinea Fore tribe kuria or guria, meaning shaking or to shake.


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... I personally find it difficult to objectively justify that this behavior is wrong besides it being irrational, yet when a prion disease called kuru was found to be causing serious illness in the tribes due to the consumption of human brain, one could effectively argue that the practice was ...

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... Disease" by Colm A. Kelleher, Ph. D., released in 2005? Most interesting forensic medicine exploration re. the importation of infectious kuru into North American from New Guinea fifty years ago, where numerous mammals (including hamsters) were deliberatedly infected with prion disease ...

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As for drinking blood I don't know, but in new Guinea, ritual cannibalism is suuposed to be the causeof the spread of a prion disease named Kuru.

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by canalon
Tue May 09, 2006 4:49 pm
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The fore Fore-people in New Guinea, an isolated, primitive peoples engaged in a ritualistic, cannibal rite following death. This causes kuru, a disease caused by prion. :x

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by kiekyon
Wed Apr 19, 2006 1:31 pm
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... small molecullar weight(~30kda). The desease usually affects the CNS and has a very low evolution(years). It usually results in death. Deseases: Kuru, Creutzfeldt-Jakob, fatal family insomnia, mad cow desease, Gerstmann-Straussler syndrome *remembering over*

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by MrMistery
Mon Oct 17, 2005 6:03 pm
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