Basic Summary for Kuru


Main name of condition: Kuru

What is Kuru?
  Brief description of Kuru: Obscure prion disease associated with eating human brains in New Guinea.
  Parent types of Kuru: Prion diseases, Brain conditions
  Organs Affected by Kuru: brain
How many people get Kuru?
  Incidence (annual) of Kuru: 0%; the disease is almost extinct.
  Incidence Rate of Kuru: approx 1 in 0 or 0.00% or 0 people in USA [about data]
Who gets Kuru?
  Race Profile for Kuru: Occurs only in the cannibalistic Fore natives in the highlands of New Guinea
What causes Kuru?
  Causes of Kuru: The disease is thought to result from the practice of ritualistic cannibalism, in which relatives consume the tissues (including brain) of a deceased family member. Brain tissue from individuals with kuru is highly infectious, and can transmit the disease through either oral or peripheral routes of infection (e.g., cuts, sores). 1
  Class of Condition for Kuru: prion
  Causes of Kuru: see causes of Kuru
What are the symptoms of Kuru?
  Symptoms of Kuru: see symptoms of Kuru
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Kuru: see treatments for Kuru

1. excerpt from NINDS Kuru Information Page: NINDS

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