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Authorities in Ranong, southern Thailand, have reported 41 cases of Nousai malaria in the province. Ranong’s Provincial Public Health office reported that most patients infected with Nousai malaria have a history of going deep into the forest. Nousai malaria, caused by the plasmodium knowlesi parasite, is passed from monkeys to humans through female Anopheles mosquito bites. Yesterday, the eastern province of Trat reported 11 cases of Nousai malaria. Officials in Songkhla province, southern Thailand, are collecting blood samples from macaques to test for Nousai malaria to ease concerns of residents, who are worried about a potential outbreak of the disease […]

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1 hour ago, DiJoDavO said:

Oh noooo! More diseases!!!!!

Malaria is nothing to joke about.

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And... why is this being reported like this now? I suspect this has always been a thing? The headline associating monkeys... says it all I think. Responsible journalism does not unnecessarily scare the public... So the obvious question becomes... Why the fear porn?

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17 minutes ago, Freeduhdumb said:

And... why is this being reported like this now? I suspect this has always been a thing? The headline associating monkeys... says it all I think. Responsible journalism does not unnecessarily scare the public... So the obvious question becomes... Why the fear porn?

Actually it's probably a case of the monkeys that carry the disease don't normally come into contact with people all that much because they are the ones that live in the forest rather than the semi domesticated beggars we see in tourist areas. The lack of tourists during the last 2 years has brought them into areas where they normally wouldn't be and so they are spreading it to the mosquitoes in those areas and the local beggar monkeys and people. This is potentially going to be an on going problem in these areas for a while. 

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1 hour ago, Tim_Melb said:

Malaria is nothing to joke about.

I know it is. But normally, no one gives a f about this. Now it's 2022 so we must be afraid just because the news wants us to. The moment and the title combined, suggest that this is the next big, new thing which will take over the world. 

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Just now, DiJoDavO said:

I know it is. But normally, no one gives a f about this. Now it's 2022 so we must be afraid just because the news wants us to. The moment and the title combined, suggest that this is the next big, new thing which will take over the world. 

...normally no one in the western world gives a f. about this, as the majority of malaria is still encountered in Africa.

It becomes a news to talk about between a beer and another once a while when somebody returns to town from "exotic" places with malaria.

But the reality is different, there are usually between 200 and 250 million cases, and more than 600.000 deaths, per year. Most of these deaths are children under 5.

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17 minutes ago, DiJoDavO said:

I know it is. But normally, no one gives a f about this. Now it's 2022 so we must be afraid just because the news wants us to. The moment and the title combined, suggest that this is the next big, new thing which will take over the world. 

I agree with your view and I already posted my opinion on media selling fears on another topic which is very similar to yours, if not exactly. However personally in this perticular case, Thethaiger being a media about news in Thailand mainly (I do not read Thethaiger to be informed on what's happening elsewhere), being informed that there has been 9 cases of malaria on Koh Chang where I live is what I would expect from a local media. No fear, no worry, no panic, just being informed even if it was Thethaiger's intention to sell me fear... I do not buy media fear, just the information I need if/when there is one. Nobody has to buy this fear they keep selling us and always have way before covid.

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1 minute ago, Manu said:

I agree with your view and I already posted my opinion on media selling fears on another topic which is very similar to yours, if not exactly. However personally in this perticular case, Thethaiger being a media about news in Thailand mainly (I do not read Thethaiger to be informed on what's happening elsewhere), being informed that there has been 9 cases of malaria on Koh Chang where I live is what I would expect from a local media. No fear, no worry, no panic, just being informed even if it was Thethaiger's intention to sell me fear... I do not buy media fear, just the information I need if/when there is one. Nobody has to buy this fear they keep selling us and always have way before covid.

I agree, but lately there are a bit too many of such articles. Especially knowing that many people became germophobe between '20-'22, it seems really intended to keep people in fear. Maybe knowing that, they should calm down a bit and only report it when it's getting really serious. Now it's just crying wolf and thanks to the dramatic reporting on Covid, there's already a significant amount of people, on the other hand, who now think Monkeypox is just bs. To stay trustworthy, they shouldn't see literally every uptick in numbers as a direct threat. 

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On 5/25/2022 at 3:09 PM, DiJoDavO said:

I agree, but lately there are a bit too many of such articles. Especially knowing that many people became germophobe between '20-'22, it seems really intended to keep people in fear. Maybe knowing that, they should calm down a bit and only report it when it's getting really serious. Now it's just crying wolf and thanks to the dramatic reporting on Covid, there's already a significant amount of people, on the other hand, who now think Monkeypox is just bs. To stay trustworthy, they shouldn't see literally every uptick in numbers as a direct threat. 

Belgium is the first country to introduce 21 days quarantine for monkey pox patients. This time it won’t take a slight time before anything pandemic happened at governmental level. I guess the 1001st  case of monkey idiot will create it. What an Idiot.

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