Scientists Using Drones To Track Monkeys Following Rare Human Outbreak Of Macaque Malaria

The Guardian: Drones help fight surge in deadly malaria spread by monkeys in Malaysia
“Drones are being used to track monkeys deep in the Malaysian forests to understand better how the primates are passing a rare strain of malaria to humans. Malaysian Borneo has seen a surge in cases of ‘monkey malaria,’ a strain of the disease that normally only affects macaques, caused by the parasite Plasmodium knowlesi…” (Summers, 4/17).

Nature: Rare human outbreak of monkey malaria detected in Malaysia
“Several people in Malaysia have become infected with a species of monkey malaria parasite that, until recently, had been recorded in just one person outside of the lab. Although only a few cases have been detected, researchers are worried that the ongoing destruction of monkeys’ forest habitat is increasing the amount of contact between people and primates, providing more opportunities for infections to jump to people…” (Law, 4/16).

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