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Photo 1. Patient with late kuru paralysis.
Kuru is a fatal disease occurring in the Fore area of New Guinea. It is due to degeneration in the central nervous system, particularly the cerebellum and its connections, resulting in a severe ataxic neuropathy, caused by a 'slow' virus. This was transmitted as a result of the cannibalistic rite of eating the brains of human relatives. The disease has now almost disappeared.
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