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Malaria Parasite Spreads from Howler Monkeys to Humans

Malaria Parasite Spreads from Howler Monkeys to Humans

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A form of malaria parasite that has spread from howler monkeys to humans in Brazil has been identified by researchers, raising concerns for eradication of the disease in Brazil and beyond. Malaria was thought to have been eradicated from southern and south-eastern Brazil 50 years ago, but more than 1,000 cases reported since 2006 from the Atlantic Forest region, in Rio de Janeiro state, including two outbreaks in 2015 and 2016, led researchers to investigate. The initial assumption was that the new cases were caused by the Plasmodium vivax malaria parasite, one of the main global species. Most of the people affected were visitors, who might have been infected elsewhere. But analysis of Deoxy Ribonucleic Acid (DNA)/genetic material samples has now established that some of the infec...