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Recent reports suggest that artemisinin drug resistance is emerging and spreading in many parts of the Asian Mekong region.

Location of sampling sites, sample sizes, and administrative states and regions of Myanmar. A relief map of southeast Asia red circles show numbers of patients in each region. Credit: The Lancet Infectious Diseases DOI: (10.1016/S1473-3099(15)70032-0)

study published today by NDM researchers in Lancet Infectious Diseases reports that the spread of artemisinin drug resistance is following the same historical route as resistance to other antimalarial drugs, chloroquine and sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine.

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