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Drug resistant Malaria massively on the rise in Northern Thailand

Two new studies in the influential and respected The Lancet medical journal indicate that drug resistant strains of malaria are on the rise across parts of SE Asia.  

Originally linked through genome studies to have started in Cambodia the resistant strains are now established in Thailand as well as Vietnam and Laos.  CNN reported the potential for a “global health emergency” putting back years of success in the fight against the disease.  

(CNN) Drug-resistant strains of malaria are spreading across Southeast Asia, raising fears of a “potential global health emergency,” two new studies have found.

The reports were published Monday in The Lancet, warning that a multi-drug-resistant strain had evolved and was spreading across Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.

The new findings come as countries and health experts struggle to fight the parasitic disease.  One mainline drug – DHA-PPQ – now fails in 87% of malaria cases in Thailand’s north.  

Thai Visa /  The Bangkok Insight

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