Schistosoma malayensis

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Schistosoma malayensis
Schistosoma malayensis in liver granuloma.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Platyhelminthes
Class: Trematoda
Subclass: Digenea
Order: Stringeiformes
Genus: Schistosoma
Species: S. malayensis
Binomial name
Schistosoma malayensis
Greer, Ow-Yang & Yong, 1988

Schistosoma malayensis is a schistome parasite. It was first described in 1988 in Peninsular Malaysia and appears to be a zooenotic infection.[1] The species is named after the country of Malaysia. The natural vertebrate host is van Müller's rat (Rattus muelleri).

Among humans exposed to this parasite the lifetime incidence appears to be 5-10%.[2] The disease has been little studied and it is currently considered to be a relatively minor public health problem.


  1. ^ Greer G.J., Ow-Yang C.K., Yong H.S.(1988) Schistosoma malayensis n. sp.: a Schistosoma japonicum-complex schistosome from Peninsular Malaysia. J. Parasitol. 74(3):471-48
  2. ^ Sagin D.D., Ismail G., Fui J.N., Jok J.J.(2001) Schistosomiasis malayensis-like infection among the Penan and other interior tribes (Orang Ulu) in upper Rejang River Basin Sarawak Malaysia. Southeast Asian J. Trop. Med. Public Health 32(1):27-32