Epidemic fears as global killer malaria becomes RESISTANT to antibiotics for first time
THE world could be facing a fresh epidemic as one of humanity’s biggest killers, malaria, has become immune to antibiotics for the first time.
By REBECCA FLOOD
Tue, Jan 31, 2017
The deadly disease passed on by mosquitoes could herald a return to the deathtoll of yesteryear after a drug used to treat malaria failed in a number of alarming cases.
Scientists found artemether-lumefantrine (AL), the drug commonly used to treat the tropical disease, had failed to work on four patients.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) led a study into the alarming discovery, and found that the drug failed to work due to strains of the disease showing reduced susceptibility.
The findings showed a “potential first sign of drug resistance”, triggering alarm bells in the medical and scientific community.