Is multi-drug resistant malaria spreading quicker than anticipated?

Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute (Hinxton, UK) and their collaborators at the University of Oxford (Oxford, UK) have discovered that the malaria parasite has been developing multi-drug resistance to first-line treatments extremely rapidly, with one drug-resistant strain spreading for 5 years prior to clinical resistance being reported.

The study, recently published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, highlights the ongoing need for genomic surveillance to track the spread of drug resistance so as to update public malaria control strategies. Delays in detecting resistance could threaten the efforts to eradicate malaria worldwide.

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