Malaria is serious disease spread through mosquito bites that causes around 430,000 deaths each year. There were over 210 million reported cases in 2015 alone, and it is estimated that the disease claims the life of a child every two minutes. Around 2,000 UK residents are affected each year following periods abroad in affected areas.
Parasitic resistance to treatment
The most popular combination drug used in the treatment of malaria is artemether-lumefantrine. A report highlighted by the BBC indicates that the parasite is becoming resistant to the drug, with four patients failing to respond to the treatment during the winter of 2015/2016.
New malaria drug shows astonishing results
Now, a new research study has presented a potential solution to the disease. Scientists have created a vaccine containing living malaria parasites which, when injected into the bloodstream, have been proven to give long-term protection against the disease with no … Read More