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Scientists: Malaysian Deforestation Driving Spike in Malaria Strain

Deforestation in Malaysia is driving a sharp rise in human cases of a type of malaria normally only found in animals, scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine say. Researchers focused on a 3,000-square-kilometer area of Sabah state in Malaysia, with a population of 120,000 people. Much of the forest is being cleared to produce palm oil and other commodities. Using hospital data and satellite mapping, scientists found the changes in land use were closely...

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