Malaria with resistance to the anti-malarial drug Artemisinin found in Myanmar which spreads across Indian borderMd Noman Siddique (Author) Published Date : Feb 20, 2015 11:16 ET
According to a new research, Malaria resistant to anti-malarial drugs have been discovered in Myanmar which spreads across the border with India. Researchers have said that the new strain of Malaria makes the conventional medicine useless.
The researchers said, if this strain reaches into the core of India, it would become a serious threat for World health authorities to control the eradication of the disease. The report also suggested that, if this kind of Malaria reaches Africa or independently spreads across Africa millions of life will be at risk. In a statement Charles Woodrow at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit , who led the study at Oxford University said, Myanmar is considered the front line in the battle against artemisinin resistance as it forms a gateway for resistance to spread to the rest of the world .
Researchers said the same thing had happened when 50 years ago malaria resistance to drugs emerged in Asia which also spread across Myanmar then across India and into other countries putting millions of lives at risk. In a statement Prof. Mike Turner, one of the study sponsors and Head of Infection & Immuno-Biology at the Welcome Trust in UK, said, The new research shows that history is repeating itself with parasites resistant to artemisinin drugs, the mainstay of modern malaria treatment, now widespread in Myanmar . He added, We are facing the imminent threat of resistance spreading into India, with thousands of lives at risk .
In another statement Dr. Woodrow said, With artemisinins, we are in the unusual position of having molecular markers for resistance before resistance has spread globally. The more we understand about the current situation in the border regions, the better prepared we are to adapt and implement strategies to overcome the spread of further drug resistance .
According to health experts even now 600,000 people a year die because of malaria. They said most of these deaths occur among children in the poorest parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Malaria with resistance to the anti-malarial drug Artemisinin found in Myanmar which spreads across Indian border