[QODLink]
Asia-pacific

Fears over 'monkey malaria' leap to humans

While transmission of parasites across species is usually rare, deadly malaria strain is causing concern in Malaysia.

Last updated: 30 Apr 2014 08:35
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

A deadly strain of malaria has made the leap from monkeys to humans and is causing concern in Malaysia.

Scientists warned that "monkey malaria" might be more widespread among humans than previously thought.

This type of malaria is known as Plasmodium Knowlesi and mostly exists in macaque monkeys.

The cross-species transmission of parasites is rare, but increased land clearing, for farming and logging, has pushed humans and monkeys into closer contact with each other.

Al Jazeera's Florence Looi reports from Sarawak, Malaysia.

82

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Featured on Al Jazeera
Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
Featured
Remnants of deadly demonstrations to be displayed in a new museum, a year after protests pushed president out of power.
No one convicted after 58 people gunned down in cold blood in 2009 in the country's worst political mass killing.
While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.
Once staunchly anti-immigrant, some observers say the conservative US state could lead the way in documenting migrants.
NGOs say women without formal documentation are being imprisoned after giving birth in Malaysia.