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New drug-resistant malaria found in Thai-Cambodia border

By Michael Krebs     Dec 28, 2009 in Health
As deadly infectious diseases are concerned, malaria ranks among the very top of any global list. Now a new form of malaria has been discovered, one that is resistant to all current drug treatments.
The parasite that causes malaria and that resides happily in mosquito populations in tropical environments has been a challenge for human populations since the beginning of time. Malaria infects between 350 million and 500 million people annually, killing roughly 1 million people a year - and it ranks among the most deadly infectious diseases on the planet.
Over the past few years, a number of drugs have been developed to treat malaria - and the United Nations has become optimistic that investments in the eradication of malaria have begun to pay off.
However, a new form of malaria has emerged and has proven to be resistant to all drug treatments currently available.
"This is not business as usual. It's something really special and it needs a real concerted effort," Dr. Nick White, a malaria expert at Mahidol University in Bangkok, told Associated Press. "We know that children have been dying in Africa—millions of children have died over the past three decades—and a lot of those deaths have been attributed to drug resistance. And we know that the drug resistance came from the same place."
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