Laughing to Death

The Absolutely Horrifying Story Behind Kuru Laughing Sickness

Dale M. Brumfield
Jan 4 · 6 min read
Kuru victims, early 1960s.

MERICAN PHYSICIAN AND VIROLOGIST Daniel Carleton Gajdusek listened intently as Vincent Zigas, a district medical officer in the Fore Tribe region of Papua, New Guinea, described a devastatingly fatal illness he had been observing.