Drug resistant malaria infections are increasing in Southeast Asia

Drug resistant strains of malaria are increasing in Myanmar and along the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. Signs of drug resistance to the three-day course of a combination of drugs based on artemisinin have also been confirmed in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam.

Travellers to any region where malaria transmission is occurring can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Anti-malaria medication should be based on local recommendations to take into account possible drug resistance.

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