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New strain of malaria human threat

10th September 2009

Researchers have found that an emerging new form of malaria poses a deadly threat to humans.

Previously, it was thought the parasite Plasmodium knowlesi infected only monkeys but it has recently been found to be widespread in humans in Malaysia, and the latest study – published in the journal the Clinical of Infectious Diseases - confirms that it can kill if not treated quickly.

So far, the new form of the disease has been concentrated in South East Asia but researchers warn that tourism to the region could soon see cases appearing in Western countries too.

 

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