Drug-resistant malaria found in Greater Mekong Sub-region

Health officials have reported that malaria is a common infection in 284 out of 330 townships in Myanmar, especially in rural and border regions. A total of 68 per cent of the population lives in malaria areas. Hundreds of thousands of cases and hundreds of deaths are recorded each year. In addition, malaria parasites have gradually become resistant to some of the most important anti-malaria medications, especially in the border areas with Thailand and in some regions of the Greater Mekong Sub-region basin.

Travellers to this region can reduce their risk of exposure to malaria by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Anti-malaria medication is recommended.

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