Failure of malaria drug ‘early warning’ for Africa, researchers say

250px-Symptoms_of_MalariaLONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A drug widely used to cure malaria has failed for the first time in patients being treated in Britain, raising questions over whether the parasite is becoming resistant to drugs, researchers said on Tuesday.

Four patients who contracted malaria in Angola, Liberia and Uganda had to seek alternative medicines after the drug they were given to combat the mosquito-borne disease failed, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) said in a study.

“This is concerning and may indicate that there’s a bigger story beginning to emerge in Africa,” Colin Sutherland, a medical researcher from the LSHTM, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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