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A highly drug resistant malaria "superbug" from western Cambodia is now present in southern Vietnam, leading to alarming failure rates for dihydroartemisinin (DHA)-piperaquine - Vietnam’s national first-line malaria treatment, leading malaria scientists warn.

Transnational spread of multidrug resistant PfPallinThe spread of this dominant artemisinin drug resistant t P falciparum C580Y mutant malaria parasite lineage across the entire Mekong Sub-region is a serious threat to malaria control and eradication efforts, the scientists say in a letter published today in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

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