Drug-resistant malaria strain contained in Asia – scientists


WASHINGTON: A parasite resistant to the top anti-malaria drug is confined to Southeast Asia and has not yet spread to sub-Saharan Africa as feared, said researchers on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). Scientists confirmed the containment by conducting the first global study that maps resistance to “artemisinin,” currently the leading anti-malaria drug. An international consortium supported by the World Health Organization conducted the research in 59 endemic countries. The mapping system allows scientists to monitor the spread of the resistant parasite—plasmodium falciparum—in near real-time, allowing them to quickly assess whether or not using the artemisinin drug will be effective for treatment in certain areas, one of the study’s key authors, Didier Menard, told Agence France-Presse.



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