Kuru

Kuru is a rare prion disease of the brain that is endemic in Papua New Guinea and is accepted by the that it is spread by ritualistic cannibalism.

Although ritual cannibalism has ceased in the 1950s, 11 new cases of kuru between 1996 and 2004 were reported, indicating an incubation period that is longer than 50 years.

Kuru is a rare prion disease of the brain that is endemic in Papua New Guinea and is accepted by the that it is spread by ritualistic cannibalism. Although ritual cannibalism has ceased in the 1950s, 11 new cases of kuru between 1996 and 2004 were reported, indicating an incubation period that is longer than 50 years. Symptoms of Kuru start tremor (and similar to the tremor) and ataxia. Movement disorders such as choreoathetosis, myoclonus fasciculations and develop later, followed by dementia. CSF testing does not seem to be useful. A few more test results were reported. Did not identify any abnormalities in diagnostic PrP gene. The autopsy can contain typical PrPSc reactive plaques with the highest density imKleinhirn around. Death occurs usually within 2 years after the onset of symptoms; the cause of death is usually pneumonia or infection due to pressure points. There is only supportive treatment for kuru.

Health Life Media Team

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