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The disease was therefore more prevalent among women and children. The disease has lingered due to kuru’s long incubation period of anywhere from 10 to over 50 years.
Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) is an incurable and universally fatal neurodegenerative disease. CJD is at times called a human form of mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE). However, given that BSE is believed to be the cause of Variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (vCJD) in humans, the two are often confused. CJD is caused by an infectious agent called a prion.
They'd also lose control over their emotions, which is why people called it the "laughing death."