Malaria drug failure in UK

Four people in the UK who were infected with malaria while travelling overseas were not cured by a commonly used artemisinin-based drug (artemether-lumefantrine), indicating possible emergence of drug resistance. Every year in the UK, 2,000 cases are diagnosed in infected travellers returning from countries where the disease is endemic, mainly in Africa.

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All 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 taken as directed to avoid creating drug resistance.

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