American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fatal progressive, degenerative neurological disease caused by a slow-acting virus, found in certain peoples of New Guinea and transmitted by cannibalism.
- n. A chronic, progressive, fatal central nervous system disease found mainly among the Fore and neighboring peoples of New Guinea, caused by a prion that probably resembles the scrapie agent of sheep, transmissible to nonhuman primates, and believed to be transmitted by ritual cannibalism.
- n. a progressive disease of the central nervous system marked by increasing lack of coordination and advancing to paralysis and death within a year of the appearance of symptoms; thought to have been transmitted by cannibalistic consumption of diseased brain tissue since the disease virtually disappeared when cannibalism was abandoned
- From Fore, literally meaning ‘shaking death’. (Wiktionary)
- Fore (language of eastern Papua New Guinea). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
““In New Guinea, they had a disease called kuru, transmitted by eating the brains of their enemies.””
“But even more gruesome, cannibals in New Guinea in the 1950s started dying of kuru, which is caused by eating contaminated human brain tissue.”
“In the middle of the 20th century, the Fore tribe of the Eastern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea was devastated by a CJD-like disease called kuru, which was passed on by mortuary feasts in which the brains of the dead were consumed.”
“In the middle of the 20th century, the Fore tribe of the Eastern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea was devastated by a mad cow-like disease called kuru, passed on by mortuary feasts in which the brains of the dead were consumed.”
“A community in Papua New Guinea that suffered a major epidemic of a CJD-like fatal brain disease called kuru has developed strong genetic resistance to the disease, according to new research by scientists in the UK.”
“Even though they cooked the bodies before eating them, they still contracted a mysterious fatal illness called "kuru," akin to mad-cow disease.”
“Less than 200 years ago, according to New Scientist, a member of the Fore was born with a gene mutation that protected against kuru.”
“The South Fore people of Papua New Guinea used to eat their dead relatives 'brains as a sign of respect, passing on the deadly prion disease kuru -- a relative of mad cow disease -- in the process.”
“Doctor-patient interaction models are shifting as doctors simultaneously try to educate their patients and try to explain for the 50th time that no, a tic in your eye does not mean you have kuru, now go home and get some rest.”
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