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Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads over Asia Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Jul 30, 2014, 11:08 PM

BEIJING:  A deadly drug-resistant malaria has originated from Southeast Asia.

According to Channel NewsAsia, "Drug-resistant malaria parasites are now firmly established in border regions in four Southeast Asian countries, imperilling global efforts to control the disease, experts warned on Wednesday (July 30)."

Nicholas White, professor of tropical medicine at Oxford University, is quoted as saying that, "It may still be possible to prevent the spread of artemisinin-resistant malaria parasites across Asia and then to Africa by eliminating them, but that window of opportunity is closing fast."

As reported by Channel NewsAsia, "Blood samples taken from 1,241 malaria patients found that parasites which are resistant to the frontline drug artemisinin have spread to border areas in western and northern Cambodia, eastern Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, they said."

As the malaria spreads it could become a global health crisis.

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