Simian Malaria in a U.S. Traveler -- New York, 2008

March 2009
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;3/13/2009, Vol. 58 Issue 9, p229
The article reports that malaria in humans is caused by genus Plasmodium's four species, namely P. falciparum, P. vivax, P. ovale and P. malariae. The emergence in Asia of Plasmodium knowlesi, a possible fifth malaria species, was reported. Simian Malaria was diagnosed from a patient in New York who had traveled to the Philippines. Recorded infections are from China, Finland, Malaysia, Thai-Burma border, Philippines, and Singapore. To identify the magnitude of the infection problem, the author requests for specimens from concerned persons for diagnosis.


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