posted on Nov, 7 2013 @ 11:57 PM
** The original story is in Arabic. It has been translated at this site. The story is being carried by Zaman al-Wasal (Arabic News) and
substantiated by Orient News Television. I have no idea if those are credible news sources or not. Links to both those sites are at the story link
Cannibalism in Syria Causing Extremely Rare Disease
Two of the infected were sent from Syria to a hosptial in Ghazi Antab in Turkey for further examination to only be transferred to another hospital
in Germany. One of the two already died, since Kuru is 100% fatal. ... One of the infected men in the German hospital was confirmed to have eaten
human flesh, and he eventually died. When the Turkish hospital was asked on the details of the cannibalism case, they refrained from saying
Moreover, the Free Syrian Army said they will be doing an investigation on the cannibalism case, and this sparks a hunch as to what their intentions
are behind this.
Overall, there are 8 to 20 cases of Kuru in Syria; Kuru strictly is caused by cannibalism, and cannibalism was involved from the report on what took
place in the German hospital.
It is unclear as to why they are eating peoples brains. (you have to eat the brain of a person to get the disease through cannibalism) It could be
because they are hungry, but it also could be a ritual of eating the flesh of the enemy. That can be found throughout history. The author sites
other times that cannibalism has been in Islamic history. Or maybe they are evil. Or maybe just insane.
There are stories and videos online to back up this cannibalism story.
But honestly ... they are pretty yukky and I didn't want to provide links.
If anyone wants to read them .... you can google them up, jiffy-quick.
Information on Kuru Disease
More information - incubation time is VERY long
Is Kuru Contagious ... answer "YES"
edit on 11/5/2013 by FlyersFan because: (no reason given)
So these victims should have committed cannibalism 5 to 20 years ago roughly. As well, once they started with symptoms they would have a year give or
take before death.
I don't understand this article, it is incurable yes, contagious yeah in certain circumstances, how ever it seems to be pretty much localized in the
new guinee area of the world. How it would have magically became a disease caught in Syria I dunno, maybe they have a bunch of Papua New Guine
immigrants they have been eating.
just saying. I read your information and came up with this.
From your wiki article
In 1961, Australian Michael Alpers conducted extensive field studies among the Fore accompanied by anthropologist Shirley Lindenbaum. Their
historical research suggested that the epidemic may have originated around 1900 from a single individual who lived on the edge of Fore territory and
who is thought to have spontaneously developed some form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). Alpers and Lindenbaum's research conclusively
demonstrated that kuru spread easily and rapidly in the Fore people due to their endocannibalistic funeral practices, in which relatives consumed the
bodies of the deceased to return the "life force" of the deceased to the hamlet, a Fore societal subunit. The dysmorphism evident in the infection
rates — kuru was 8 to 9 times more prevalent in women and children than in men at its peak — is because, while the men of the village took the
choice cuts, the women and children would eat the rest of the body, including the brain, where the prion particles were particularly concentrated.
There is also the strong possibility that it was passed on to women and children more easily because they took on the task of cleaning relatives after
death and may have had open sores and cuts on their hands. Although ingestion itself of the prion particles can lead to the disease, there was
a high degree of transmission if the prion particles could reach the subcutaneous tissue. With elimination of cannibalism because of Australian
colonial law enforcement and the local Christian missionaries' efforts, Alpers' research showed that Kuru was already declining among the Fore by the
mid‑1960s, although cases continued to appear for several more decades and the last sufferer died in 2005. However, the mean incubation period
of the disease is 14 years, and cases were reported with latencies of 40 years or more for those who were most genetically resilient."
Last known sufferer of the disease died in 2005 with no new cases reported. It is caught only by coming in contact with or eating those that have the
disease. So again... WTF? I call BS
edit on 8-11-2013 by Hijinx because: (no reason given)