African monkeys are infected by Plasmodium falciparum nonhuman primate-specific strains.

@article{Prugnolle2011AfricanMA,
  title={African monkeys are infected by Plasmodium falciparum nonhuman primate-specific strains.},
  author={Franck Prugnolle and Benjamin Ollomo and Patrick Durand and Erhan Yalcindag and C{\'e}line Arnathau and Eric Elguero and Antoine Berry and Xavier Pourrut and Jean-Paul J Gonzalez and Dieudonn{\'e} Nkogh{\'e} and Jean Akiana and Delphine Verrier and Eric Leroy and Francisco J. Ayala and François N.R. Renaud},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2011},
  volume={108 29},
  pages={11948-53}
}
Recent molecular exploration of the Plasmodium species circulating in great apes in Africa has revealed the existence of a large and previously unknown diversity of Plasmodium. For instance, gorillas were found to be infected by parasites closely related to Plasmodium falciparum, suggesting that the human malignant malaria agent may have arisen after a transfer from gorillas. Although this scenario is likely in light of the data collected in great apes, it remained to be ascertained whether P… CONTINUE READING
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