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The Fight to Contain a Strain of Malaria That Threatens Millions of Lives

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A new drug-resistant strain of malaria in Myanmar has reached within 15 miles of the country's border with India. If it crosses over, researchers expect that it could soon threaten millions of lives around the world and undermine years of work and billions of dollars that have been invested in combating the disease.

 

study published in Lancet Infectious Diseases last week raised alarm about a variety of malaria resistant to artemisinin — the primary treatment against the disease, used in combination with other drugs. The researchers examined 940 samples collected from 55 malaria treatment centers for mutations in the parasite's kelch protein (K13), which is a known marker of artemisinin drug resistance.

 

https://news.vice.com/article/the-fight-to-contain-a-strain-of-malaria-that-threatens-millions-of-lives

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