Causes of Kuru


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Cause 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

Related information for causes of Kuru: Further relevant information on causes of Kuru may be found in the risk factors for Kuru and underlying causes of Kuru.

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1. excerpt from NINDS Kuru Information Page: NINDS

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