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Researchers from several Malaysian universities looked at using molecular techniques to see if human infections with simian malaria parasites were present among indigenous communities in Malaysia whose villages are situated in the forest or at the forest fringe.


The study is published in Emerging Infectious Diseases.

More than 600 archived samples from 2011–2014 among indigenous populations of various subtribes from 14 villages in 7 states in Malaysia were tested using a number of techniques and they detected the simian malaria parasites Plasmodium knowlesiP. cynomolgiP. inuiP. coatneyiP. inui–like, and P. simiovale among these communities.

In addition, researchers confirmed the widespread distribution of human P. knowlesi malaria cases in Malaysia and that human infections caused by P. cynomolgi are also widely distributed in Malaysia.

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