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Rare form of monkey malaria spreading in Borneo

Rainforest in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo.
Rainforest in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Image by Luke Price / CC BY 2.0

A rare strain of malaria usually found only in monkeys is becoming so common in Malaysian Borneo that it accounts for most malaria hospitalisations there according to Sarawak scientists. The Plasmodium knowlesi parasite, which can be fatal, is normally found only in long-tailed and pigtailed macaques. But as loggers and palm oil producers have pushed deeper into the nation’s forests, more humans have been bitten by mosquitoes carrying it. Read more: nytimes.com