Malaria caused by monkey parasite recorded in Vietnam

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Three human cases of malaria caused by a monkey parasite have been recorded in Vietnam for the first time, according to a two-day seminar that wrapped up in the central province of Khanh Hoa Wednesday.

According to a VnExpress newswire report, the cases were recorded in the central province of Ninh Thuan in 2009, when local officials and Japanese scientists found Vietnam's first mosquito that carried monkey malaria parasites.

Recent research has shown that malaria is not restricted to the human-human range with mosquitoes as vectors, but also can be transmitted from monkeys to man, scientists said at the seminar, which was organized by the Medical Committee Netherlands Vietnam in cooperation with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Dr. Nguyen Hoan Phu, deputy chief of the Vietnam-Britain Infectious Disease Ward at the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases, told the seminar said that drug-resistant malaria parasites still exist in some areas of Vietnam.

Every month, the hospital admits between two and three cases of malaria, typically in critical condition, the newswire reported.

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