Rise in monkey malaria cases
Published on: Tuesday, August 13, 2019
By: Johan Aziz

KENINGAU: The Sabah Health Department acknowledges the rise in monkey malaria cases in the State, said Department Director, Datuk Dr Christina Rundi (pic), here.

She said statistics showed an increase every year because the germs had reached villages.

She was speaking to reporters after the groundbreaking ceremony of the Keningau Hospital Hemodialysis Centre here.

She said what was seen today is that the people who get these malaria infections are those who go out to hunt animals in the jungle, to farms, to tap rubber and so on.

She said if previously in the forest area, farms and so forth now, it is clear that this infection is in the village area because the germs have been brought to these areas by those who get infectious bacterial malaria germs while hunting, working in the farm or tapping rubber.

Dr Christina said that due to the abundance of mosquito breeding and germs already in the community, the transmission had already taken place in the village, houses and not in the forests alone.

“If we can reduce mosquitoes, we will reduce it but if we can’t, we will reduce mosquito bites by taking medicines and so on so that we cannot get mosquito bites.

“If the person is infected with the germs, we give treatment so that there is no germs in the body. So all these are the steps we are taking, not only to control monkey malaria but any other diseases,”she said.

She said the zoonotic diseases, including malaria, was caused by animals and if the animals are not treated, it may infect humans.

“Zoonotic diseases cannot be avoided unless the world can be separated between animals and human beings,” she said.

Zoonotic diseases include monkey malaria which has four components -  monkeys or other animals, humans, germs and mosquitoes.

“So it must have all four of these components for the disease to occur and this is the concept in the disease,” she said.


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