A brain damaging "laughing disease" in Papua New Guinea,
where till recently, tribes ate brains of the dead.
It is a very obscure brain disease caused by abnormal brain proteins (prions).
Kuru was associated with transmission by eating human brains as part of funerals
in some tribes
of Papua New Guinea.
The disease is now basically exstinct.
Kuru: Kuru is a rare, degenerative, and fatal brain disorder that occurs primarily among the Fore natives in the highlands of New Guinea. 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. 1
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1. excerpt from NINDS Kuru Information Page: NINDS
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