Thursday, 18 June 2015

Cheap and Cheerful News about Malaria?


There is interesting news of Wellcome Foundation-supported research trialling a new anti-malarial drug in mice effective against drug-resistant strains of Plasmodium  (http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jun/17/new-anti-malarial-treatment-battle-against-drug-resistance). The results suggest that the drug, not only kills the resistant malarial parasite in the host, but also prevents mosquitoes from acquiring the agent when biting. If the drug proves as effective in humans (and it appears to be non-toxic to human cells), effective anti-malarial treatment for hitherto difficult infections could apparently be had for around 1$ per day. That sounds like good news.

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