Artemisinin resistance spreads to the Thailand-Myanmar border
15 April 2012
Researchers had previously found drug resistant malaria parasites in Cambodia and a concerted effort is underway to contain the spread. But containment strategies are dependent on whether resistance has emerged elsewhere1. This 10 year study, published inThe Lancet, has confirmed the emergence 500 miles away, along the Thailand-Myanmar border, findings which will have a serious impact on the fight against malaria in the region. The report concludes that "clinical studies are needed urgently to map further spread and to establish the effect of different degrees of artemisinin resistance on treatment effectiveness and transmissibility"2.