Plasmodium knowlesi infection imported to Germany, January 2013
Orth H., Jensen BO., Holtfreter MC., Kocheril SJ., Mallach S., MacKenzie C., Müller-Stöver I., Henrich B., Imwong M., White NJ., Häussinger D., Richter J.
Plasmodium knowlesi was known as a plasmodium of macaques until P. knowlesi transmission to humans was recognised in Borneo and later throughout South-East Asia. We describe here a case of a P. knowlesi infection imported to Germany from Thailand. The patient had not taken antimalarial chemoprophylaxis and suffered from daily fever attacks. Microscopy revealed trophozoites and gametocytes resembling P. malariae. P. knowlesi malaria was confirmed by PCR.