Malaysian monkey malaria 'could spread in humans': Monkeys in Malaysian forests are a reservoir for a rare form
RELATED ARTICLES Monkey malaria more widespread in humans: study January 18, 2008 03:54 AM Sea cucumber protein used to inhibit development of malaria parasite December 26, 2007 11:12 AM Malaria parasites fine-tune offspring's gender: study May 28, 2008 03:22 PM Malaria in Brazil linked to forest clearing June 18, 2010 06:50 AM Monkeys in Malaysian forests are a reservoir for a rare form of malaria that could become a significant cause of disease in humans throughout South-East Asia, a study warns. The malaria parasite Plasmodium knowlesi is transmitted between monkeys by forest-dwelling mosquitoes. This limits transmission to humans and, at present, there are only around 300 human cases per year. ADVERTISEMENT But as human populations grow and the forest shrinks, people are likely to venture into the forest more often and in greater numbers. This, said the researchers, co...