Doctor fears rise of a drug-resistant strain will help malaria spread

February 10, 2015 1:44 PM

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Doctor fears rise of a drug-resistant strain will help malaria spread

Despite a sharp drop in malaria-related deaths over the past decade, a veteran doctor here, in the heart of the world’s malaria belt, says now is the time to wage a large-scale battle with the mosquito-borne disease.

One colleague calls Nick White “the grandmaster” of drug therapy for malaria. Dr. White and other researchers worry about the resistance to artemisinin—a drug that has successfully helped treat the disease in recent years—that has emerged in Southeast Asia, in part due to low-quality or fake drugs a...

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