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Kuru Follow-up

  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
 
Updated: Feb 17, 2016
 

Deterrence/Prevention

The disease has essentially vanished because endocannibalism is no longer practiced by the Fore.

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Complications

Individuals with kuru progressively become vegetative and moribund. Most patients die of complications of neurological decline, such as wound infection, pneumonia, or malnutrition.[28, 27]

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Prognosis

Kuru is uniformly fatal.

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Patient Education

For patient education resources, see the Brain and Nervous System Center, as well as Mad Cow Disease and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

The CDC’s Prion Diseases Web site is another good source of information.

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Contributor Information and Disclosures
Author

Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP Infectious Disease Consultant

Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Physicians, Infectious Diseases Society of America, International Society for Infectious Diseases

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

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Mary Buechler, MD Staff Physician, Emergency Center, Lawrence General Hospital

Mary Buechler, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Emergency Medicine, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians

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Paul A Janson, MD Instructor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Consulting Staff, Department of Emergency Medicine, Lawrence General Hospital

Paul A Janson, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians

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Mark Martin Huycke, MD Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases Section, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; Chief, Medical Service, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Oklahoma City

Mark Martin Huycke, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association for Cancer Research, American College of Physicians, American Federation for Medical Research, American Society for Microbiology, Infectious Diseases Society of America

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Specialty Editor Board

Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

Disclosure: Received salary from Medscape for employment. for: Medscape.

Thomas M Kerkering, MD Chief of Infectious Diseases, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Thomas M Kerkering, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, American College of Physicians, American Public Health Association, American Society for Microbiology, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Infectious Diseases Society of America, Medical Society of Virginia, Wilderness Medical Society

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Chief Editor

Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD Professor, Chief of Infectious Disease, Program Director of Infectious Disease Fellowship, Department of Internal Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Physicians, American Society for Microbiology, International Immunocompromised Host Society, Infectious Diseases Society of America

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Acknowledgements

Rachel H Chung, MD Consulting Staff, Department of Family Practice, North Clinic, North Memorial Hospital

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