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Drug-resistant malaria spreading in southeast Asia

WASHINGTON (WREX) — Experts in the United States are raising concerns over the rise of drug-resistant malaria in several countries in southeast Asia.

The disease kills over 600,000 people each year and while Africa is the most affected by the disease, it's becoming more resistant in nations along the Mekong River. Resistance to drugs like artemisinin appeared on the border of Thailand and Cambodia in 2003 and has been confirmed in Vietnam and Myanmar. It has also popped up in southwest China and suspected in Guyana and Suriname.

Since no alternative anti-malarial drug is on the horizon, the Center for Strategic and International Studies says a drug-resistant malaria could be a health catastrophe.

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