What Is Laughing Death Disease?

Q:
What is laughing death disease?

A:
Laughing death disease is also known as Kuru. It is a rare neurodegenerative disorder. The disease almost only occurs in New Guinea aborigines of Fore tribe. People with Kuru often have a smile on their faces, so it got the name “laughing death”.

The cause of the disease is abnormally folded prion proteins. According to researches, Fore people get the disease through performing cannibalism for funeral rituals. The disease is fatal and has no cure at present.

Laughing death disease has three stages, and different symptoms appear in different stages.

Symptoms in the first stage:

  • Headache.
  • Joint pain in legs.
  • Loss of body control.

Symptoms in the second stage:

  • Walking difficulties.
  • Tremors.
  • Involuntary jerks.

Symptoms in the third stage:

  • Can’t speak.
  • Eating difficulties.
  • Dementia.

In addition, people with laughing death may also suffer with fatigue, a cough, a fever, a runny nose or mood changes.

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