Malaria of nonhuman primates

Parasitic Diseases, Protozoans

Animals Involved

Old and New World monkeys, apes

Known Distributions

P knowlesi in Asia; other species exist in Central and South America, Asia, Africa

Probable Means of Spreading

Bite of anopheline mosquitoes

Clinical Manifestations in People

Febrile episodes with chills; headache, myalgia, malaise, cough, nausea, vomiting, and other symptoms in some; cases range from mild, self­limiting to fatal (3% case fatality rate for P knowlesi)

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