Malaysia’s last indigenous nomadic tribe threatened by deadly mystery illness

Infectious disease, pollution and water poisoning among suspected causes of deaths

It was in May that the mysterious illness first took hold.

In their isolated rainforest home in the Malaysian state of Kelantan, members of the Batek tribe, the country’s last indigenous nomadic community, began experiencing a fever and breathing difficulties. Then, one by one, they started dying.

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Malaysia’s last indigenous nomadic tribe threatened by deadly mystery illness