Journal article

Parasite clearance after malaria therapy: staying a step ahead of drug resistance

Harin A Karunajeewa

BMC MEDICINE | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

The discovery and development of the artemisinin class of antimalarial drugs is one of the great recent success stories of global health. However, after at least two decades of successful use, resistance has finally emerged and appears to be spreading rapidly throughout South-East Asia in spite of our best efforts at containment. If this were also to occur in Africa, it would have disastrous implications for the continent subject to the world's greatest burden of Plasmodium falciparum. The earliest indications of incipient artemisinin resistance may be a slowing of the rate at which parasites are cleared from the blood following treatment. The Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network have a..

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