Malaria superbug global threat: scientists
Drug-resistant malaria superbugs have taken hold in parts of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, threatening to undermine progress against the disease, scientists say.
The superbugs – malaria parasites that can beat off the best current treatments, artemisinin and piperaquine – have spread throughout Cambodia, with even fitter multi-drug resistant parasites spreading in southern Laos and north-eastern Thailand.
“We are losing a dangerous race to eliminate artemisinin resistant … malaria before widespread resistance to the partner antimalarials makes that impossible,” said research co-leader professor Nicholas White.
“The consequences of resistance spreading further into India and Africa could be grave if drug resistance is not tackled from a global public health emergency perspective.”
Published by: News.com.au, Feb 2nd 2017