Concern as malaria treatment fails, signalling resistance

Concern as malaria treatment fails, signalling resistance
File photo of a Zambian healthcare worker checking a malaria test during the Roll Back Malaria Zambezi Expedition in Matongo village, about 60 km (37 miles) from Livingstone, April 23, 2008. REUTERS/Thierry Roge


A key malaria treatment has failed for the first time in patients being treated in the UK.

According to doctors, the drug combination was unable to cure four patients who had all visited Africa, signalling that the parasite is evolving resistance.

A team at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, however, said it is too early to panic, even as they warned that things could suddenly get worse.

They have now called for an urgent appraisal of drug-resistance levels in Africa.

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