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Plasmodium knowlesi

  • Zoonotic malaria (Simian) found in long and pig-tailed macaques, rhesus monkeys, and olive baboons
  • May infect humans and cause severe malaria
  • Cases found in Southeast Asia where Anopheles leucosphyrus mosquitoes are the vector
  • Rare fatal cases reported in Malaysia
  • Most cases reported in patients who lived or visited Borneo Island
CDC MMWR