• The ability of the malaria parasite to shrug off the effects of artemisinin has been spreading since it emerged in South East Asia.
  • But resistance to artemisinin threatens to undo all that hard work, and it has been detected in: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar.
  • Initially the other drug will pick up the slack to keep the combination effective, but Dr Woodrow says this resistance will "inevitably" lead to it failing.

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