Malaria in the Year of the Monkey

Journal Article
(Published March, 2016)
Brieger, Bill (Author)
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Zoonotic infections are increasing as human populations expand and come into closer contact with reservoir hosts such as macaques. This review of humans infected with Southeast Asian macques' monkey malaria, Plasmodium knowlesi, ends in a call for better surveillance, especially in areas where humans and primates are likely to come into contact. To date it does not appear that primate to human malaria transmission is occurring in Africa. However epidemiologist there and in Asia need to be able to distinguish more than the typical human malaria parasites as well as determine if disease is dengue or knowlesi malaria

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