SCIENTISTS ISSUE WARNING: Drug-Resistant Malaria Parasite Is Spreading Across Asia Towards Africa
Worldwide more than 2,700 people die every day because of a bureaucratic regulation instituted in 1972 by leftists that banned the pesticide DDT.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The New American, globally malaria kills approximately one million people every year, more than any other parasitic infection. Most victims are young children in sub-Saharan Africa. Names like typhus, yellow fever, leishmaniasis, dengue fever, and bancroftian filariasis are likewise too familiar to hundreds of thousands of those affected in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. DDT’s life-saving properties are lost to them because the EPA’s 1972 ban sparked a global censure of the pesticide.
Millions of Africans and Southeast Asians have died from malaria since the ban of DDT.
Now that number is about to climb.
A drug-resistant strain of the malaria parasite is spreading across Southeast Asia towards Africa putting millions of lives at risk.
The BBC reported:
A drug-resistant malaria parasite found in South East Asia can also infect mosquito species in Africa, a study shows.
The transmission experiments were carried out in a laboratory, but they suggest the spread of this deadly strain into the continent is possible.
The scientists say the consequences of this would be dire, putting millions of lives at risk.
The study is published in the journal Nature Communications.
Dr Rick Fairhurst, from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), in the US, who carried out the research, said: “We think this will provide additional impetus for intensifying – and by intensifying, I mean grossly intensifying – the malaria elimination efforts in South East Asia.”
This drug-resistant parasite was first seen in Cambodia in 2008, but has since been reported across South East Asia.
It is rendering the best front-line drug – Artemisinin – useless.
But this is not the first time this has happened. Since the 1950s, drug after drug has stopped working as the malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum) has evolved. And each time, the problem has first emerged on the Thai-Cambodia border before spreading around the world.
Scientists now fear that the Artemisinin-resistant parasite also has this potential to disperse, but until now, very little has been known about its transmission.