Kuru (disease)

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Classification and external resources
ICD-10 A81.8
ICD-9 046.0
DiseasesDB 31861
MedlinePlus 001379
eMedicine med/1248
MeSH D007729

Kuru is a disease caused by cannibalism, formerly thought to be caused by specifically eating human brains. But is actually caused by eating any human meat. It is also known as the "laughing sickness" due to the pathologic bursts of laughter that the patient displays.

Kuru was found in Papua New Guinea, among members of the Fore tribe.[1] The word kuru means "trembling with fear" in the Fore language.

References[change | change source]

  1. Lindenbaum S (November 2008). "Review. Understanding kuru: the contribution of anthropology and medicine". Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond., B, Biol. Sci. 363 (1510): 3715–20. doi:10.1098/rstb.2008.0072. PMC 2735506. PMID 18849287.