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Highly Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreading In Southeast Asia, Researchers Report

Associated Press: Superbug’s spread to Vietnam threatens malaria control
“Vietnam’s main malaria treatment is failing at an alarming rate because of a highly drug-resistant superbug that has spread into the southern part of the country from western Cambodia, scientists said Thursday…” (9/21).

BBC News: Alarm as ‘super malaria’ spreads in Southeast Asia
“…The team at the Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok said there was a real danger of malaria becoming untreatable. … In a letter, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, the researchers detail the ‘recent sinister development’ that has seen resistance to the drug artemisinin emerge…” (Gallagher, 9/22).

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