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NBC News examines drug-resistant malaria along Thai-Cambodian border

Testing for malaria in a village near Pailin, Cambodia. Ian Williams / NBC News
NBC News’ “World Blog” reports on the emergence of drug-resistant malaria along the border
between Thailand and Cambodia. “The Pailin area [in Cambodia] is now
the epicenter of a fight to contain a growing resistance to
Artemisinin, which is the world’s main anti-malarial drug,” the blog
writes before noting the global health community’s efforts to contain
the spread of drug-resistant malaria.
“But
why this border? Why has resistance always started here?” the blog
asks. “Experts speculate that conflict, poverty and a lot of migrants
moving across the border have all played a part. Resistance also
spreads when people don’t take drugs properly, and counterfeit and
sub-standard drugs are also to blame. They have been rife in the border
areas,” according to the blog.
The following experts are quoted
in the piece: Najibullah Habib, head of the WHO’s effort to prevent the
spread of drug-resistant malaria;
Christopher Raymond, an expert in counterfeit drugs, whose project is
backed by U.S. Pharmacopeia and USAID; and David Saunders and Stuart
Tyner of the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences. The
blog post includes two video clips (Williams, 1/22).
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