Beyond superbugs: Drug companies have now managed to create drug-resistant MALARIA, too

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
By Paul Martin

by: David Gutierrez
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Just as global malaria rates are beginning to fall, a new development has emerged that threatens to undo all the progress made in containing the disease. According to a study published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases, the presence of multi drug-resistant malaria has been confirmed in at least three separate provinces of Cambodia.

Scientists had suspected multi drug-resistant malaria for several years, but it had never before been confirmed in a laboratory.

“The risks are significant,” said Robert Newman, director of the WHO’s Global Malaria Program, in 2013. “Not only are they significant for the region in terms of having a reversal of the gains that have been made against malaria, but they are actually significant globally.”

“If history is any guide, if we were not to contain this problem then it is very likely to spread elsewhere,” he said. “Especially risky is to sub-Saharan Africa, where the greatest burden still exists. And, if we were to lose the efficacy of the [frontline treatments] … today, this really would be a public health catastrophe in Africa.”

Drug resistance builds on itself

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