Kuru:Today we visit one of the most rare and isolated disease on records called Kuru.Ever wondered what could happen following consumption of human flesh ?Most of us find the act immoral,and in humane,right?But is there any health risk ever recorded or currently exist affecting cannibalism following their feast on human flesh?That is why we went beyond well known ailments to search if we can find one.
This one is isolated to the Fore people in 🇵🇬 Papua New Guinea_
kURU:_means ‘Shivering’_as rare as it is,it affects the Fore people of Papua New Guinea who practice cannibalism,not because they were hungry nor wanted to claim victory on their victims;…anyway they consumed the dead 💀 as the ritual practice,believe that this will free the souls of their deceased….Mmmm…🙄to ensure that they will rest in peace.
But wait…..Mostly women and children 👶 were the one affected and it happen that they are the ones who mostly consume brains during this cannibalism feast.
There must be something from the brain that is causing them ill….🙄….?
Not viruses……..,bacteria,fungi nor living organisms_Well_this is caused by abnormal protein that multiply in the brain,called ‘prions’_infecting mostly women and children as they were mostly the one eating brains that happen to be infected with Kuru disease,while men and boys eat flesh of relatives who died.This has ritual has been practiced for ages. Infected brain will resemble a sponge ,💉medical termed ‘Spongeform_
Kuru is a neurological disease,and has incubation period of 5 to 13 years,sometimes even more.,The disease is fatal.
It is characterised by muscle twitching,loss of coordination,difficulties in walking,involuntary muscle movements ,dementia,mood changes,and difficulties in swallowing or eating.
The new government has put an end to this ritualistic cannibalism, but sporadic cases still occur due to long period of incubation.