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SYMPOSIUM
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 20-24

Molecular epidemiology of the emerging human malaria parasite " Plasmodium knowlesi"


1 Department of Disease Control, National Research Center for Protozoan Diseases, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Obihiro, Hokkaido, Japan
2 Laboratory of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, Institute of International Education and Research, Dokkyo Medical University, Mibu, Tochigi, Japan

Correspondence Address:
Hassan Hakimi
Department of Disease Control, National Research Center for Protozoan Diseases, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Inada cho, Obihiro, Hokkaido 080 8555
Japan
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5070.129154

PMID: 24754022

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Malaria is the most important parasitic disease with global concern. Plasmodium knowlesi recently has emerged from its natural simian host as a significant cause of human malaria, particularly in Malaysian Borneo. Therefore, it has been added as the fifth human Plasmodium specie which is widely distributed in Southeast Asia. Recent developments of new molecular tools enhanced our understanding about the key features of this malaria parasite. Here, we review some of the ways in which molecular approaches might be used for epidemiology of P. knowlesi and finally lead to an efficient control of malaria.


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