New Malaria Treatments on the Horizon
Malaria is a serious problem throughout the world—half of the global population may be at risk. According to the World Health Organization, about 214 million new cases were diagnosed in 2015—primarily in Africa and South-East Asia.
In areas where malaria is prevalent, insecticides, mosquito netting, and antimalarial drugs are used to help prevent infection, but the parasites that cause the disease are becoming resistant to available medications. In a study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University examined more than 100,000 compounds to find a new malaria treatment.
In an article published in Nature, they report finding a new compound that effectively treats malaria in one low dose animal studies. The hope is that this compound may be used to develop new antimalarial drugs to fight malaria in people.
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