Drug-resistant malaria threatens to spread to India causing global health crisis

Monday, March 2, 2015

Drug-resistant malaria is spreading across Burma and has reached the Indian border, threatening to render conventional medicines redundant in the global fight against the disease.

Doctors are concerned that if not addressed the strain of malaria could spread throughout India and reach Africa, which accounts for 90 per cent of the world’s malaria cases, causing a major public health crisis.

In a study published in the Lancet journal, researchers discovered that resistance to artemisinin, a vital drug used to combat malaria, has extended from southern Burma after first being recorded in Cambodia.

Source: The Independent (link opens in a new window)

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