Drug resistant malaria takes new ground

Robert Fortner

Drug resistant malaria takes new ground, raising fears of global spread

A resident of Myanmar with a severe case of malaria.

In Southeast Asia, drug-resistant malaria may have evolved resistance to another frontline therapy and established itself in new territory in western Thailand, according to the World Health Organization. The new area in Thailand joins previous hot spots in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar, with the latter being badly equipped to stanch further spread. Despite containment efforts, the possibility this strain may spread to Africa, which has the most significant malaria burden, remains very real.

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