Kuru is a human prion disease that occurs in parts of Papua New Guinea. It is an acquired disease, transmitted from cultural practices of mortuary feasts. Kuru was common before the 1960s with only rare cases currently reported. Unlike sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, cerebellar ataxia is a more prominent component than dementia.
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