Drug resistant malaria becoming a major concern near Myanmar-Indian border

Malaria parasites that are totally resistant to artemisinin, one of the most important medications for treating malaria, have been found near the Myanmar-India border in the Homalin region in Myanmar. This strain of malaria has also been found in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and other areas of Myanmar. There are concerns that this strain of malaria could pose an enormous health threat worldwide. There is currently no immediate replacement for this treatment so that infection with this resistant strain is untreatable.

Taking antimalarial medication remains an important prevention measure for travellers in these countries, but extra care should be taken to avoid mosquito bites.

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