kuru—an exceedingly rare condition, kuru occurred at epidemic proportions among the Fore people of New Guinea in the 1950s.
kuru ku·ru (kur'ōō)
A progressive, fatal spongiform encephalopathy, probably caused by a slow-acting virus, that is endemic to certain peoples of New Guinea and may be transmitted through cannibalism.
A rare, progressive, degenerative neurological disease found in certain peoples of New Guinea and associated with cannibalism. It is thought to be caused by a prion and results in a fatal encephalopathy. See Note at prion.