resistant malaria in South Asia

February 20, 2015 6:56 PM

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resistant malaria in South Asia

The study looked at blood samples of more than 940 people diagnosed with malaria at 55 healthcare sites across Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country also sometimes referred to as Burma. Nearly 40 percent of the samples showed a genetic mutation signaling a resistance to artemisinin. The disease, carried and delivered by mosquitos, is now threatening to spread into East India.

"[Burma] is considered the front line in the battle against artemisinin resistance as it forms a gateway for resistance to spread to the rest of the world," lead study author Charles Woodrow, a researcher at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok, told The Guardian.

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