New malaria risk in remote parts of Malaysia

A rare strain of malaria (called P. knowlesi), usually found in monkeys in remote forest areas of Borneo is causing more than half the hospitalizations of humans for malaria. This strain causes mild disease in monkeys but it is a dangerous and potentially deadly strain in humans. Increasing deforestation and human activity in remote areas may be responsible for the increasing number of cases of this malaria strain. Travellers to any region where malaria transmission is occurring can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Anti-malaria medication is recommended if travelling or working in remote areas.

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