“Super Malaria” is Spreading across the Southeast Asia

Scientists are alerting the public that the new form of malaria is rapidly spreading in the Southeast Asia could create a global threat. Malaria named as “super malaria” is resistant to today’s standard treatment, is hitting parts of Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia.

Back in 2007, the first case of this drug-resistant Malaria infection was found in Cambodia. And now it is traveling across the Southeast Asia. The malaria parasites particularly immune to artemisinin and the partner drug piperaquine and was originally discovered in western Cambodia.

Malaria is transmitted via the bite of an infected mosquito that bears the Plasmodium parasites and is generally found in sweltering climates. Parasites take 48 to 72 hours to travel to the liver and infect the red blood cells.

The symptoms of this Malaria include sweating, diarrhea, fever, nausea, anemia, vomiting, and convulsions and can also cause to falling into a coma.

Head of the Oxford Tropical Medical Research Unit in Bangkok, Professor Arjen Dondrop said, “It is alarming that this strain is spreading so quickly through the whole region and we fear it can spread further jump to Africa.”

“It’s a race against the clock, we have to stop it before malaria becomes untreatable again and we see a lot of deaths,” he added.

A new treatment is needed to treat the disease and other major threats to human health.

Health experts such as Travel Doctor, Travel health specialists are suggesting the travelers visit their local travel doctor because travel to international places can increase the risk of various health problems.

 

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