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WHO issues Asia malaria alert

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GENEVA A form of malaria resistant to the most powerful drugs available may have emerged along the Thai-Myanmar border as well as Vietnam, and containmen­t measures are planned, the World Health Organizati­on said on Thursday.

Clinical trials are due to begin soon in Myanmar and, if they confirm artemisini­n-resistant malaria in some patients, it means millions living in the border area could be potentiall­y exposed to the longer-to-treat form, a WHO official told Reuters.

“We have some early warning signals that apart from the border of Thailand and Cambodia, we could have some problems emerging at the border between Myanmar and Thailand and also in one province of Vietnam,” Dr. Pascal Ringwald of the WHO’s global malaria program told a news briefing.

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