CAMBODIA/THAILAND: Drug-Resistant Malaria

Health officials warn that an ongoing border dispute and subsequent military build-up along the Thai-Cambodian frontier could undermine global efforts to contain drug-resistant malaria, citing limited access for surveillance, early diagnosis and treatment.

Health officials are concerned that along this forested and mountainous border the parasite that causes malaria is increasingly becoming resistant to the most effective drug they have for treating it, artemisinin.

They are most concerned that the parasite might become completely resistant to the drug, and that this drug resistant parasite could reach Africa.

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