The scientists say that malaria might have followed the same path to human being as AIDS did; from gorillas. Future plan to eradicate malaria need to safe guard its return from gorillas.
Malaria comes courtesy of gorillas, DNA study shows
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Malaria appears to have jumped to humans from gorillas, and the parasite may have spread globally from a single gorilla to a single human, researchers reported on Wednesday.
Slutsker said the parasite may not necessarily have spread to people from apes via a mosquito. It can also be spread by direct blood transfer — perhaps while a gorilla was being butchered for food. Many experts believe this is how HIV first spread to humans.