A team of researchers from Thailand, Vietnam and the United Kingdom stated that there is a real danger that malaria will become incurable. They found a dangerous form of infection, which is not affected by major antimalarial drugs. An outbreak of the disease was initially recorded in Cambodia, but the strain spreads fairly quickly in the region. At the moment it is already found in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
“Super malaria” was resistant to artemisinin – a drug that has the fastest action among all currently available drugs against tropical malaria. Every year around the world, about 212 million people are infected with malaria, which is caused by the parasite Plasmodium falciparum, distributed by mosquitoes.
Artemisinin was powerless in every third case of combating malaria in Vietnam and 60% of cases in Cambodia. Scientists warn that if the strain enters Africa, which accounts for 92% of all malaria cases in the world, the consequences can be catastrophic.