KUCHING: Friends of Sarawak Museum will conduct another talk under its “Afternoon @ Museum Series” entitled “Monkeys, Man and Malaria” this Saturday.
Director of Malaria Research Centre at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) Prof Balbir Singh will conduct the talk.
Infections of the malaria parasite Plasmodium knowlesi were initially thought to be restricted to long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques until it was discovered that there was a large number of human cases in the state’s Kapit division.
The history of this parasite would be described together with studies on malaria parasites of monkeys and the mode of transmission which showed that P. knowlesi is an ancient zoonotic infection.
Whether P. knowlesi malaria remains a zoonosis or ecological changes due to deforestation, coupled with an increase in the human population, result in the parasite being transmitted by mosquitoes from humans to other humans, remains to be seen.
The one-and-the-half-hour- talk from 1.30pm will be held at the 1st Floor Natural History Building of the Sarawak Museum.
Admission is free and the talk, which is open to public, will be in English.