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Scary Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreading in Asia

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Countries Must Do More Prevent Spread of Malaria Parasite Resistant to Powerful Prophylactic in Southeast Asia, WHO Says

(CBS) The World Health Organization says that only one-third of malaria-endemic countries dealing with falciparum malaria, the parasite’s deadliest strain, are doing enough to detect a version of it resistant to one of the best-known treatments.

Strains of malaria resistant to Artemisinin, a powerful prophylactic and treatment for the mosquito-borne parasite, are spreading in Southeast Asia, the WHO said in a press release.

The resistant strain of malaria first appeared along Myanmar-Thailand border, the WHO said. Officials fear it could spread from the Cambodia-Thailand border to Africa, as it did with other antimalarial drugs such as chloroquine and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine in the 1960s and 1970s.

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