Kuru Follow-up

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

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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