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Drug-resistant malaria a huge threat

20th February 2015

Experts say resistance to artemisinin, that has saved millions of lives from malaria, has been detected over a wider area than previously thought.

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The malaria parasite has been able to shrug off the effects of the drug since it emerged in South East Asia.

This resistance is on the verge of entering India accordingly to tests published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Deaths from malaria have nearly halved since 2000, and the infection now kills about 584,000 people each year. However, drug-resistance threatens to undo all the hard work.


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