Volume 23, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



A total of 201 kuru patients and 49 chimpanzees affected with experimental kuru have been screened for antibody against 65 infectious agents in the search for high antibody titers and high frequencies of positive reactions with the purpose of discovering an antigen which might be serologically related to the virus of kuru. None of the agents studied gave an antibody response or pattern of positive reactivity that was significantly different from those encountered in surrounding kuru-free populations or in normal chimpanzees. This suggests that none of the infectious agents studied has an association with the pathology of kuru.


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