Drug-resistant malaria strain in Myanmar may spread to India and Africa

Drug resistant strains of malaria have been detected along the Thai-Myanmar border. Authorities are concerned that these strains may spread to India and Africa by a large migrating population. Two other drug resistant malaria strains have also been found in Cambodia.

Travellers to this region must exercise extreme caution. They can reduce their risk of exposure to malaria, including drug resistant strains, by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. If symptoms of malaria appear, travellers should seek immediate medical attention and advise the treating physician that they may have been exposed to a drug resistant strain. Anti-malaria medication is recommended.

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