Where are scientists and doctors having a hard time curing people of malaria? In Southeast Asia. It seems in 2008, doctors in Cambodia found that even the most powerful drugs were not curing people of malaria. Artemisinin-resistance malaria seems to be common in this part of the world. This strain of malaria is cropping up in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar. Scientists are now looking for it in Africa and fear it could easily jump to nearby India. It looks like the parasites have picked up a few mutations in their DNA making it easier for them to adapt to drug resistance. There are new drugs being tested by Novartis. Maybe African researchers will be able to find a cure to artemisinin-resistant malaria in Asia.
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