Study: Type of malaria in monkeys also can be contracted by humans

09/11/2009 | BBC

Plasmodium knowlesi, a malaria parasite previously thought to infect only monkeys, can infect and kill humans as well, according to a Malaysian study. The parasite has the capacity to reproduce every 24 hours in the blood -- a mechanism that points to the crucial need for early diagnosis and treatment. The researchers said that while the new form of the disease has been concentrated in Southeast Asia, it could spread to Western countries because of tourism.

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