Burma Times Desk Report: February 21, 2015
Drug resistant malaria has been found across Burma, risking a global crisis if it moves into India or Africa. Ranked as the country with the worst burden of malaria in its region, AFP reports that Burma, along with Thailand and Bangladesh, sees a lot of cases that have mutated to be immune to the frontline drug artemisinin. The World Health Organisation has suggested replacing artemisinin-only treatments with combination therapies to prevent the spread of drug resistance.
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,” said Charles Woodrow of the Mahidol-Oxford tropical medicine research unit, who led the study at Oxford University.