Drug-resistant malaria parasites ‘spreading aggressively’ across south-east Asia

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Up to 80% of the most common carriers of the disease are immune to the most common treatments, researchers find

Drug-resistant forms of malaria-causing parasites are spreading across south-east Asia leading to “alarmingly high” treatment failure rates of frontline medication, researchers have warned.

In twin studies published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, they revealed that in parts of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia up to 80% of the most common malaria parasites were now resistant to the two most common antimalarial drugs.

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