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Dr Mike Brown, Consultant in Infectious Disease at The Physicians’ Clinic, comments on recent media coverage regarding the resurgence of malaria

May 31, 2018

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43786343

There have been huge, and largely successful efforts, particularly with the use of artemesinin-based combination therapy and insecticide treated bednets, to reduce the burden of malaria, which still kills hundreds of thousands of people, especially children and especially in sub-Saharan Africa. But the recent emergence and spread of malaria that is resistant to these drugs is a major problem. Currently these highly resistant strains are still largely restricted to a small area in South East Asia, but this does still mean it is a life threatening condition for people who live there and there is reason to expect it to spread to other areas unless there is a major increase in funding and concerted global efforts to isolate the risk.

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