Drug-resistant malaria spreads in South-East Asia from Cambodia, Sanger Institute finds

Malaria that is resistant to two first line drugs has spread rapidly from Cambodia to neighbouring South-East Asian countries, researchers have discovered.

Scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Hinxton, University of Oxford and Mahidol University in Bangkok used genomic surveillance to inform global efforts to control the disease, which is spread by mosquitoes and kills 400,000 a year.

They sequenced and analysed the DNA of 1,673 Plasmodium falciparum parasites, taken from the blood of malaria patients between 2008 and 2018.

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